A FRENCH GIGOLO
CLIENTE
2008, IFC Films, 104 min, France, Dir: Josiane Balasko

Marco (Éric Caravaca) is a construction worker whose wife (Isabelle Carré) owns a beauty salon. When business dries up for both of them, Marco begins moonlighting as an escort - but main client Judith (Nathalie Baye) may be looking for more than sex from him. Both humorous and tender, with appealing performances from all three leads (and writer-director Balasko as Judith’s sister). In French and English with English subtitles.


FRENCH TWIST
GAZON MAUDIT
1995, Pathe International, 104 min, France, Dir: Josiane Balasko

Laurent (Alain Chabat) is too consumed with extramarital affairs to see how neglected his wife (Victoria Abril) feels. That changes when an RV breaks down in front of their house, and lesbian DJ Marijo (Balasko) enters their lives. This fresh and frothy relationship comedy earned a César Award for Best Screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. In French and Spanish with English subtitles.


DEMI-SOEUR
2013, Rialto Pictures, 90 min, France, Dir: Josiane Balasko

In this heartwarming comedy, writer-director Josiane Balasko plays Nénette, a mentally challenged woman sent to an institution after the death of her mother. But because the place won’t allow her to keep pets, Nénette hits the road in search of her estranged father, with her beloved tortoise in tow. She finds instead her half-brother Paul (Michel Blanc), a man who seems to have little use for family. In French with English subtitles.


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