French Twist (1995)

Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko, Alain Chabat, Ticky Holgado,
After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.
  • 6.4 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • Patrick Aubrée, Telsche Boorman, Writer:
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  • Pierre Grunstein, Producer:

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7 / 10

Good films about lesbians are rare...

I read the user comment for this film, my point of view is quite different :

1. I am surprised to see that Gazon Maudit was rated R and 18 in most countries. I saw this movie at 20:30 PM, on Sunday evening, on the main TV french channel, and I don't remember any scandal for this (and we have our share of intolerant bigots in France too...). OK, this picture is about sex, lesbians, homosexuality and triolism, we can see a few times Victoria Abril half or totally naked and Josiane Balasko smokes a lot of pot, but it is basically a comedy with no real provocation. I find much more vulgarity in, mmmh, let's say, the "American Pie" pictures - even if they don't show nudity - than in Gazon Maudit.

2. This movie is funny. No big laughs, but a good story and brilliant acting. We know that the situations are implausible (a nice married woman falls in love at first glance with a butch-lesbian-truck-driver, who will have a baby with her husband) but the characters are funny enough to forget minor errors in the script and you will enjoy the way of cross that the unfaithful husband (Alain Chabat) will have to go through.

3. I gave a rating of 6 because it's not a masterpiece. But if you find the plot outline attracting, if you ever wonder "What would I do if my wife leaves me for another woman ?", or if you want to see an uncommon film about relationships, you will not be disappointed !

7 / 10

previsible, but light and fun

Here's a film which is definitely outside the box for American audiences. French films are usually an acquired taste and this one is no exception. This is a delightful light comedy about a married couple whose life change upon the arrival of a butch lesbian to their lives. You don't have to be a genius to guess what's coming. Nevertheless, the movie is funny, it's done with great taste and sensibility, and even though the characters are not 100% belivable, they are not stereotypical. Victoria Abril is delicious, playing the wife whose disenchantment of the married life leads her to explore a lesbian affair. What I liked in particular about this comedy, is that sexual orientation never becomes the main issue in the movie, and it's really secondary to the human relationships that develop in this bizarre triangle. The script could have been a little less linear, but the characters are well developed and well played. Overall, French twist is a fun light comedy which probably wouldn't raise an eyebrow in Europe but will need a very open minded audience in the US. Unfortunately we're not ready yet.

8 / 10

Continental Farce

I am tempted to describe this little farce of sexual manners as "mainstream", although it certainly isn't by Hollywood standards - continental Europe is a different matter. It certainly violates the rule book of romantic comedies US style: the homosexual characters have a more than ornamental role to play, the leads often behave in a less than likeable manner, and the morals our characters adhere to are thoroughly un-American.

So, sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? I generally liked it, but there were moments where I would have wanted the film to make a turn towards either something a bit darker and nastier or something more easily enjoyable. Sitting on the fence between these two options did not always work. I also was not happy with the casting of Josiane Balasko as the lesbian who seduces Victoria Abril, mostly for the very simple reason that she lacked sexual appeal to make this believable, but also because her butchness was too visibly a mask.

6 / 10

Predictable but fun with a puzzle ending

This is one of those films where you can see each plot twist coming before the last is finished. The writers probably sat around saying "...and wouldn't it be funny if ..." and then just added another episode in this episodic picture. But it is fun, light, and doesn't try to press an ideology about human relationships on the viewer. What a relief! And the ending leaves a nice gap which the viewer can fill for himself. Perfect, to my mind. Fun fluff.

7 / 10

good lesbian film, lesbian with a husband.

very unique story with english subtitles. some titulation with the lesbian character who is attracted to loli. the pregnancy of the lesbian lover, complicates entire movie. it does still give you something to think about. the mixture of lesbian and heterosexual love and lust worked out between the three is very strange. the humor is dry and bizarre, but very entertaining. keeps your attention, dont like the addition of children involving this adult theme movie. worth renting or buying.