Thursday, June 16, 2005

Côte d'Azur / Crustacés et Coquillages

The French film Crustacés et Coquillages (literally Shellfish and Shells) has been given the title Côte d'Azur for its American release.

A family with two teenagers goes to the beach for their summer vacation. The parents eat raw oysters right from the shell, to the disgust of their kids. Add in visits from a couple of friends, various characters sneaking off for a surreptitious snog, and all manner of misunderstandings, and you get a wonderful romantic comedy, and an excellent choice for opening night feature in the festival. It's laugh-out-loud funny, even if you don't speak a word of French.

CÔTE D'AZUR, dir's Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, 2004 France, 90 min., 35 mm, in French with English subtitles. US distributor: Strand Releasing

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