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Cockles & Mussels

Cockles & Mussels

cast: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Gilbert Melki, Jean-Marc Barr

year: 2005

colour: no

certificate:

director: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau.

runtime: 90

A pleasurable comedy of love and sexual identity unfurls over a balmy summer holiday. Marc (Gilbert Melki) takes his wife Béatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and their two children to the seaside house of his youth. The Mediterranean wind blows and the heat of summer strokes their passions and desires. Nineteen-year-old daughter Laura, has a rendez-vous Year of release in the UK: 2006 with her biker boyfriend and then heads off to Spain, while their son Charly, 17, roams with his best friend Martin. Béatrix is sensitive to the erotically charged atmosphere that exists between the boys, and imagines that her son is gay. Marc meanwhile is upset at the prospect of a gay son, although Béatrix is determined to be open. The mood is determinedly good-natured, a disarming lack of moral judgment prevails and it is all stylishly executed. Attractively cast with inventive actors such as the deliciously free-spirited Bruni-Tedeschi and a super-muscular Jean-Marc Barr providing mainstream appeal. Ducastel and Martineau purvey their own distinctively contemporary take on sexual mores.

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