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Cote d'Azur (2005)

Cast: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Gilbert Melki, Jean-Marc Barr, more...
Director: Olivier Ducastel, Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau, more...
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Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, France, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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It's Summer Rental meets Blame it on Rio when a French family heads off to the Mediterranean for a sultry summer vacation in the ensemble sex comedy Côte d'Azur, co-directed by Jacques Martineau and Olivier Ducastel (The Adventures of Felix). When the head of the clan, Marc (Gilbert Melki), decides to tote his wife, Béatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), and his teenage children Laura (Sabrina Seyvecou) and Charly (Romain Torres) off to his childhood beach home on the Riviera, a number of sexy liasons ensue. Charly -- though straight -- must contend with the come-ons of his best friend, Martin, a closeted homosexual infatuated with him for years but too shy to say so. Meanwhile, as Laura takes up with a young biker, Béatrix re-encounters her old boyfriend Mathieu (Jacques Bonnaffé); Marc's ex-flame pops up, too, both former lovers expressing interest in rekindling affairs. Soon, the entire vacation becomes a surfeit of hilarious erotic complications. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Get Ready to Bubble and Spurt by talltale April 24, 2006 - 12:33 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
A short, sweet French bubble that floats along, rarely touching ground, and yet deals with such heavy-duty themes as loves versus sex, coming to terms with your sexuality and the ever-present generation gap, COTE D'AZUR ("Crustaces et Coquillages" was the original title) turns out to be quite a delight. Anchored by superb performances from Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Gilbert Melki as the parents, and helped mightily by everyone else in the fine cast, this important trifle from the writing/directing team of Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (who've already graced us with some other fine trifles: "Jeanne and the Perfect Guy," "My Life on Ice" and their splendid "The Adventures of Felix") will have you coming at sex, family, love and relationships from quite a different viewpoint.

Yes, all this can be terribly difficult and forbidding, agree the filmmakers, but MUST it? As with so much in life, our attitude depends on how we choose to view things. Ducastel & Martineau acknowledge the difficulties (AIDS, for one) but never allow this to destroy their joie de vivre. How very French, you say. Exactly, but why just French? Let's make it international. So revel in this film, disagree with it if you must, but discuss it with your friends/family.

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