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Thursday January 01 1970

Film Qlub screening: 'French Twist' (1995)

category dublin | arts and media | event notice author Saturday December 05, 2015 11:02author by Dublin Film Qlub Report this post to the editors

PRESS RELEASE

Dublin Film QLUB Season Six:
FUNCTIONAL FAMILIES
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Our new season continues with our XMAS SCREENING...

FRENCH TWIST
(GAZON MAUDIT)

Dir. Josiane Balasko, 1995

French with English Subtitles

Josiane Balasko, Victoria Abril, Alain Chabat

Sat 12 December 2015
[[note: this is the second saturday of the month
--because of the xmas holiday--
For the rest of the screenings we will resume our usual schedule,
screening on the third saturday of the month]]

2.30pm (doors open at 2)
day membership: 8 euro
(free tea and coffee)

The New Theatre
43 East Essex street
(entrance through Connolly Books)
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

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Get that cocktail shaker.

Throw in, (a), a passionate but unsatisfied housewife, (b), a selfish womaniser husband, and (c), a truck-driving free-spirited lesbian. Add a yearning for love, the need for adventure, and the lure of parenthood. Sprinkle with an unpredictable plot, laugh-out-loud scenes, and prickly social satire. Shake well, and serve on pitch-perfect performances.

This remarkable film was, quite remarkably, the brain-child of a heterosexual woman, Josiane Balasco, who wrote, produced, and directed French Twist… and also starred in it, as the unforgettable uber-butch Mary Jo. Co-starring, Victoria Abril, surely one of the best actors of her generation (catch her in another comic queer role in 101 Reikiavik), proving here that she can play high farce with as much conviction as postmodern masquerade (check out her Almodovar films), or hefty drama.

Gauzon Maudit starts with three stereotypical characters, and slowly forces them and us to shift out of these safe-and-set identity roles. One of the most shamelessly entertaining lesbian films ever made, this is also a thinking film, happy to redefine both ‘family’ and ‘queerness’.

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