Côte d'Azur

Rated NR 2005

Sex is on everybody's mind in this breezy, insouciant French film from writer/directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. A comedy -- not a farce, thank heavens -- about confused identities, misunderstandings, hidden truths, and sexual shenanigans, it's well acted by an unusually likable cast. Beatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), her husband Marc (Gilbert Melki), and their two teenage kids are summering on the Riviera. When her son's out-of-the-closet friend comes for a visit, Beatrix decides that Charly, too, is gay. She thinks it's sweet, while Marc is upset by the thought. Secret rendezvous, bold indiscretions, and unexpected reunions up the ante for everybody. Bruni-Tedeschi is delightful, Charly (Romain Torres) exudes an appealing naïvete, and the incredibly sexy Jean-Marc Barr, who plays the gay plumber Didier, will send audience members gay and straight into paroxysms of lustful fantasy. The film's ending, when the entire cast breaks into song and dance à la Jacques Demy, is too far over the top, even for this confection.

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