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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bright, witty and observant comedy
Loli, played by Victoria Abril, has given up a promising career as a dancer to become the wife of a womanising estate agent; and though she knows of one woman he has had an affair with and has forgiven him, she knows nothing about any of the others - not even her own baby-sitter! No. Her main complaint against him is not his promiscuity but that he takes her for granted...
Published on 23 Jan 2001 by burneyfan@btinternet.com

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but unbelievable
An entertaining film that had some funny moments. I didn't find the story believable, not least that a mother of two small boys could have such a lot of spare time and energy to have so much sex! She and the heterosexual male characters were largely caricatures, but their attitudes did high-light how people can have inconsistent standards over the behaviour they expect...
Published on 12 Mar 2007 by Bluebell


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bright, witty and observant comedy, 23 Jan 2001
Loli, played by Victoria Abril, has given up a promising career as a dancer to become the wife of a womanising estate agent; and though she knows of one woman he has had an affair with and has forgiven him, she knows nothing about any of the others - not even her own baby-sitter! No. Her main complaint against him is not his promiscuity but that he takes her for granted and shows her little affection. So, when a butch lesbian, played by Josiane Balasko, appears on the scene, stopping at the house to ask for water for her vanıs radiator, she is a ripe fruit waiting to be picked. And this kind, mature, worldly-wise lesbian is an expert in the art of seduction.
On an evening out together, the husband, played by Alain Chabat, already annoyed at the lesbianıs intrusion into his home with his wifeıs encouragement, is driven into a blind fury when he discovers, on bending down to retrieve a cigarette from under the table, the lesbianıs hand half way up his wifeıs thigh, and then sees them dancing together very intimately. From this follow many scenes of shouting and screaming, jealousy and rage. You feel for the husbandıs usurpation and his humiliation at being rejected for a lesbian - though you rejoice at his come-uppance - and you feel for the wife who deserves the affection she has been so long denied, and you feel for the lesbian with a loving heart who wants only to make the wife happy - though others may condemn her for destroying a relatively happy marriage. .. But despite all the passion and jealousy, this is a light comedy and not a heavy drama, and you have the feeling all along that everything will work out well in the end....The moral of the story, ...is that the only things that matter are love, tenderness and affection and if we get those the sourceıs sexual gender is immaterial; we are all bisexual.
This is a bright, witty and observant comedy, well-acted, particularly by Victoria Abril, and constantly entertaining.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment, 29 Mar 2007
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This review is from: French Twist (Gazon Maudit) [DVD] (DVD)
Easy going and light hearted comedy. My partner & I laughed out loud on occasions, there are some excellent sight-gags! Don't be put off by the fact that it's sub-titled, the plot is easy to follow and the casting, cinematography and music are all top notch. It's quite discreet and they went to some trouble to avoid full frontal nudity (which was funny in itself) in a very self-aware manner.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossing gender boundaries, 16 Nov 2005
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The kind of thing only the French can get away with - a lighhearted, genuinely funny, comedy about a menage a trois, bisexuality, shifting gender and sexual roles and cultural/sexual stereotypes. At heart, though, this is also a serious, and at times genuinely moving, film about the nature of marriage and commitment, and the search for personal fulfilment through intimate relationships. Great that it comes in such a fun package.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy? Don't make me laugh..., 3 Feb 2012
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F. L. P. Souza (Amstelveen, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Why do DVD distributors insist in labeling foreign films like this as "a hilarious comedy"? Do they think it will make them sell more?

This is quite a good film, which I totally recommend, but calling it "a comedy" is misleading.

The film is a dramatic farce, with a few parts here and there which might be called "comic relief", but it is actually quite deep in the way it approaches sex, relationships, bisexuality. Not a "family film" for a matinee with the kids.

Yes, you will laugh here and there in certain situations, but most of the time you will be moved by the way the characters manipulate each other and deal with jealousy. The story is set in southern France next to the Spanish border. The main female character, played by Victoria Abril, is Spanish and there are many references to the "half-Spanish, half-French" setting. The "twist" here might be more Spanish than French.

The pace is quick, never boring, and the nudity is not gratuitous. Some people described the film as "sexy", but I would say that it is not "titillating", rather it might elicit some deep conversations about sex, more than anything.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but unbelievable, 12 Mar 2007
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An entertaining film that had some funny moments. I didn't find the story believable, not least that a mother of two small boys could have such a lot of spare time and energy to have so much sex! She and the heterosexual male characters were largely caricatures, but their attitudes did high-light how people can have inconsistent standards over the behaviour they expect of others compared with themselves. The most believable and sympathetic character was the "butch" lesbian. Maybe that was the point of the film? I don't think the film was trying to be a satire - more a modern farce.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 9 July 2014
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Very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 9 Feb 2014
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This film has a great script and is very funny, and at times very touching and honest about love and hypocrysy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wrong dvd area, 31 July 2013
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cannot view it on dvd player. was not aware that it was wrong region. just got it in the post and not sure if i can return at this late stage
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought it would be better, 8 Dec 2012
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Well it said comedy? Not really this is a very dark comedy at that and quite sad. Not something you would watch to have a laugh to cheer yourself up. The Lesbian/Gay (butch) well , maybe a stereotypical representation of a Lesbian as well. Those that know real gay women will see what I mean. The acting is not that great, i does have some lol moments but not many, but if you want an informative film with some difficult issues raised about bisexuality and being unfaithful, then this is your film.
Its not a film i would really recommend to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun but unbelievable, 21 Jun 2011
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This story of a philandering French husband and his beautiful Spanish wife (played by Victoria Abril) who finds relief in the arms of a mannish lesbian (who directs the film). It is good fun if taken with a rather large dash of salt (the notion being that it never having been previously considered, one can find oneself in a gay affair) and the characterisation seems a bit stereotypical. All a bit unreal.
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