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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Côte d'Azur (Crustacés et coquillages) by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, 2005 (NR)

with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Gilbert Melki, Jean-Marc Barr, Jacques Bonnaffé, Edouard Collin, Romain Torres, Sabrina Seyvecou, Yannick Baudin

A seaside vacation home serves as an aphrodisiac, tempting the unsuspecting family staying there into a variety of amorous entanglements. First, 19-year-old Laura takes a boyfriend who rides a motorcycle; then, her 17-year-old brother stokes the affections of his best friend, Martin. But things only get more complicated when the old flames of parents Marc (Gilbert Melki) and Béatrix (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) show up.

It was a surprise. I find Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (and not her sister) absolutely charming. I felt it would be something very french, typical family going on holidays in the Côte d'Azur, entering a family secret. It was that, except that it also explored sexuality, and homosexuality on a way, in a very beautiful way. The actors are excellent, the dialogues and situations funny, the final is a bit ridiculous, in a "Why not me" style. Anyway, cute refreshing comedy.


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