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French Twist

R Released Jan 12, 1995 1h 48m Comedy List
62% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 61% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Laurent (Alain Chabat) is a married businessman who has no qualms over stepping outside his marriage, believing his wife, Loli (Victoria Abril), is fine being none the wiser. While he has one fling after another, Loli takes care of their house and children -- but this pattern is about to change. One day, a van breaks down outside their house, bringing Marijo (Josiane Balasko), a lesbian DJ, into their lives. As it turns out, Loli takes a liking to Marijo and starts an affair of her own. Read More Read Less
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Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Set aside the subject matter, and French Twist is as simple, as moronic and as uninteresting as the American "dumb and dumber" movies. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Susan Stark Detroit News Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Sheila Reid Women in the Life A madcap French comedy that breaks the traditional formula of a love triangle. May 31, 2022 Full Review Matthew Hays The Advocate The bottom line is that French Twist is infinitely more challenging in its sexual politics than [La Cage aux Folles]. In Balasko’s world, sexual orientation is infinitely more fluid than we supposed. Apr 5, 2022 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 19, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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PridePosterStudios It’s littered with tropes. A better job could have been done in terms of lesbian/poly rep. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/13/24 Full Review Audience Member An unhappily married housewife (Victoria Abril) falls for a lesbian drifter (director Josiane Balasko) at the same time she learns of her husband's serial infidelities ... so she asks the lesbian to move in with them. Clearly intended as a satire, but none of the characters are recognizable as real people, which really hurts any satirical force this might have had. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member While it's not a hilarious movie, it was still fun and definitely entertaining throughout. Plus, things are helped by great performances by Abril and Balasko. Despite a few too many slow spots, this is still a good film that is worth your time Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member The twist falls short, but it is very French. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member mostly it was hilarious, but some parts toward the end you dunno whether to laugh or hurl. very 'cuckoo', this one. the cheating husband and the actor who played his clueless friend were good. definitely a twist at the end alright. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Quintessentially French Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Laurent (Alain Chabat) is a married businessman who has no qualms over stepping outside his marriage, believing his wife, Loli (Victoria Abril), is fine being none the wiser. While he has one fling after another, Loli takes care of their house and children -- but this pattern is about to change. One day, a van breaks down outside their house, bringing Marijo (Josiane Balasko), a lesbian DJ, into their lives. As it turns out, Loli takes a liking to Marijo and starts an affair of her own.
Director
Josiane Balasko
Producer
Pierre Grunstein
Screenwriter
Patrick Aubrée, Josiane Balasko, Telsche Boorman
Distributor
Miramax Zoë, Miramax Films
Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 12, 1995, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 15, 2012
Box Office (Gross USA)
$150.7K
Runtime
1h 48m
Sound Mix
Stereo
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