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What a Drag !

What a Drag !

A Feature film by Gabriel Aghion

Produced by MDG Productions

Release in France : 27/03/1996

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

MDG Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Co-productions :

Tentative d'Evasion, TF1 Films Production

French distribution :

Pathé Distribution

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Adrien is about to close an important business deal with banking supremo Alexandre. Before signing the contract, Alexandre invites Adrien to a dinner party, insisting that he bring his wife. Being gay, Adrien has no other option other than to ask his best friend, Eva, to pose as his wife. The owner of a riotous gay club, Eva is a free speaking individual who generally despises heterosexual men despite being attracted to them. Alexandre is so taken with Eva that he decides to make a surprise visit to her “restaurant”. He is not impressed by what he sees: one of his colleagues, André, and Adrien are having a wild time in the company of overtly gay men. What Alexandre doesn’t realise is that his wife, Marie, has followed him to the restaurant and quickly puts two and two together, concluding that her husband is a closet homosexual. Whilst Alexandre resorts to ever desperate means to get it together with Eva, Marie becomes even more convinced that he is gay...


"Before shooting "What a Drag !", I felt the time had come for a movie about the noctural world, and therefore about homosexuality, that wouldn't fall into the trap of predictable caricature but instead reaveal the lightness and fantasy of "gay" humour. Like the main character in this movie, many people lead a double life. Since comedy is often the result of opposition, I found that this opposition, businessman by day, liberated "gay" by night, was exhilarating. Since comedy is also the result of the collision of two worlds, it so happens that here, naturally, day meets night and finance meets festivity."

(Gabriel Aghion)

Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Marie-Dominique Girodet

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Pierre Palmade, Patrick Timsit, Gabriel Aghion

Screenwriters :

Gabriel Aghion, Patrick Timsit

Sound recordists :

Henri Morelle, William Flageollet

Assistant Operators :

Sophie Bosquet, Benoît Chamaillard, Christophe Legal, Sylvie Petit

Production manager :

Claudine Zidi

Editor :

Luc Barnier

Continuity supervisor :

Bénédicte Kermadec

Choreographer :

Cédric Brenner

Sound Mixer :

William Flageollet

Assistant Director :

Renaud Bertrand

Dialogue Writer :

Pierre Palmade

Director of Photography :

Fabio Conversi

Sound Assistant :

Jean-Luc Laborde

Camera Operator :

Patrick de Ranter

Press Attaché (film) :

Dominique Segall

Assistant editors :

Claude Broutin, Marie Lecoeur, Valérie Pico

Production Designer :

Carlos Conti

Costume designer :

Clémentine Joya

Still Photographers :

François Darmigny, Mariane Verley

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (6)

Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)



Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


French Feature Films

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

Selection (6)

Best Film

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Gabriel Aghion, Patrick Timsit

Best Supporting Actress : Michèle Laroque

Best Supporting Actor : Jacques Gamblin

Best Actress : Fanny Ardant

Best Actor : Patrick Timsit

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


French Films

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1996

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1996)


Feature Films

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)


César Award for Best Actress : Fanny Ardant

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


Meilleure Actrice : Fanny Ardant

Delegations (3)