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French Gigolo

French Gigolo

A Feature film by Josiane Balasko

Produced by LGM Cinéma SAS

Release in France : 01/10/2008

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LGM Cinéma SAS

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Josy Films, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma

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An elegant entrepreneur in her fifties, Judith unapologetically engages male escorts to minister to her sexual pleasure. When she answers Patrick’s ad, she’s charmed by the sensitive fellow in the classic suit; it’s as if he stepped right out of the Nouvelle Vague films of her youth. But from the get-go, things with this good-natured gent aren’t as efficient as with other lovers. Not only is he unable to sustain an erection on their second date, but power dynamics and his private life begin to muddy their arrangement. At home in the Paris projects, Patrick is buckling under pressure to support a gaggle of demanding relatives, including his adorable wife, Fanny, who's getting wise to his secret financial scheme. And just as you think they’ll be propelled onto predictable paths befitting characters in a less-playful, less-astute story, Judith, Patrick, and Fanny veer into murky emotional terrain, reluctantly getting tangled in a bittersweet triangle.

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French Gigolo

Trailer : "French Cinoche - Le Cinéma français est en voyage d'affaires" (Canal+ - 2009)

Shot between October 2008 and March 2009, this documentary gives us the lowdown on the current state of affairs for French films around the world. The film follows the travels of a host of French actors and directors participating in around a dozen promotional initiatives organized by Unifrance, including French film festivals, international film festivals, previews and premiere screenings, press junkets, and so forth.

Among artists featured are Laurent Cantet, who was in New York to present his film Entre les murs (The Class), Agnès Varda taking part in interviews in Paris, Juliette Binoche as president of the Tokyo French Film Festival, Cédric Klapisch introducing his film Paris in Moscow, Josiane Balasko promoting her film Cliente (Client aka A French Gigolo) in Rome, Dany Boon promoting Le Code a changé (Change of Plans) in Brussels, and Gérard Jugnot presenting Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) in Australia.

These artists offer us their off-the-cuff comments and impressions during breaks between interviews, photo sessions, press conferences, at gala dinners, premiere screenings, meetings with audiences, and other promotional events.

This 60-minute documentary, which was made possible thanks to the participation of the CNC and Canal+, takes us backstage at these cultural and promotional initiatives around the world and gives us an insight into one of the aspects of Unifrance’s day-to-day work in support of French cinema.


French Gigolo

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Executive Producers :

Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Jean-Baptiste Dupont

Screenwriter :

Josiane Balasko

Director of Photography :

Robert Alazraki

Assistant Operators :

Aurélien Dubois, Maxime Héraud

Production Manager :

Albert Prevost

Editors :

Claudine Merlin, Marie de la Selle

Production Designer :

Olivier Radot

Stunt performer :

Pascal Guégan

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Hennequin

Location Manager :

Didier Abot

Assistant directors :

Zazie Carcedo, Mathilde Kraemer

Co-producer :

Josiane Balasko

Sound Recordist :

Michel Kharat

Camera Operator :

Yves Agostini

Press Attaché (film) :

Laurent Renard

Sound editor :

Marie-Christine Ruh

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Costume designer :

Fabienne Katany

Still Photographer :

Arnaud Borrel

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100% French (France)

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1 h 45 min

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