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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


    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...

    Actors (30)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    MDG Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-productions :

    Tentative d'Evasion, TF1 Films Production

    French distribution :

    Pathé Films

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    International releases (15)

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    "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

    Adaptation :

    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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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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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 Actor : Patrick Timsit

    Best Actress : Fanny Ardant

    Best Supporting Actor : Jacques Gamblin

    Best Supporting Actress : Michèle Laroque

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


    French 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)