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Cote d'Azur (Crustaces & Coquillages) (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 25

This listless, albeit sexually charged, French farce is too lightweight to make any impact despite its whimsical qualities.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 12

This listless, albeit sexually charged, French farce is too lightweight to make any impact despite its whimsical qualities.

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It's Summer Rental meets Blame it on Rio when a French family heads off to the Mediterranean for a sultry summer vacation in the ensemble sex comedy Côte d'Azur, co-directed by Jacques Martineau and Olivier Ducastel (The Adventures of Felix). When the head of the clan, Marc (Gilbert Melki), decides to tote his wife, Béatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), and his teenage children Laura (Sabrina Seyvecou) and Charly (Romain Torres) off to his childhood beach home on the Riviera, a number of sexy

Feb 7, 2006

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As flippant vaudeville-style comedies go, Cote d'Azur is rather weak.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The gay-themed film's characters and complications are formula fluff.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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You might call it a musical without songs (mostly), or a farce without enough doors to slam, or a comedy without enough jokes.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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While Cote d'Azur should be a vacation, it's often more like work just trying to stay engaged.

October 7, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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It's a diversion at best and a strained souffle at worst, but it rings enough Gallic changes on the old family-summer- gone-horribly- wrong genre to deliver some unexpectedly sharp laughs.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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...an act of cinematic masturbation against pastel colors...

June 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Works well so long as it is approached as a tongue-in-cheek farce as opposed to a plausible melodrama.

July 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Urban Spectrum
Denver Urban Spectrum

Delights and surprises, a combo that is important to many audiences.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Valerie Bruni-Tedeschi (who looks like a Gallic Gillian Anderson) is superb here, giving a weirdly sexy, frequently distracted performance that works well.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

a funny, sexy, and very French diversion that's as weightless as a Mediterranean breeze.

February 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

If anything, the film is proof that a European sex comedy can be just as boring as your run-of-the-mill comedy if the writing isn't up to snuff.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Little more than an alluring travelogue with a side order of R-rated humpiness.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Abrupt cuts and reversals, repetition of jokes, and limp dialogue conspire against anyone's caring about the characters or their movie.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Bollywood musical revelry mixes with vaudeville's grand tradition of slamming doors to accent the comedy and emotional chaos.

October 22, 2005

Co-filmmakers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau are getting in the habit of offering imperfect but highly enjoyable concoctions in human quirkiness, this one strictly sudsy, and cute as a polka-dot bikini.

October 21, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The film has the potential to be decadent (infidelity is here regarded as the norm and monogamy as an aberration), but Ducastel and Martineau somehow turn it into lighter-than-air fluff.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A zippy, modern variation on those Shakespeare comedies where a bunch of pretty young people head off into the woods to pair off with each other.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

When they aren't talking about sex, they're having it... You can't live on sex and seafood alone - a little variety is needed to spice up your diet... and this movie.

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Audience Reviews for Cote d'Azur (Crustaces & Coquillages)

[font=Century Gothic]"Cote d'Azur" takes place while a family is on vacation in the south of France. Beatrix and Marc are parents of two teenaged children. The daughter, Laura, is off to Portugal with a biker.(Every parent's worse nightmare - the biker part not Portugal.) Beatrix is okay with this because of her Dutch parentage. The son, Charly, sticks around for his friend Martin to arrive who he has not seen in a year. After some quick observations, Beatrix declares them to be gay lovers.(She's half right.) Again she is perfectly fine with this, even if her husband is a little perturbed. The next person to make an appearance is Beatrix's lover. Complications ensue.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Cote d'Azur" is a mildly amusing French sex farce that preaches tolerance. It does have a rather old-fashioned feel to it with an occasional dash of irreverence thrown in. The performances are good and the situations are believable with one major contrivance.[/font]
September 18, 2005
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This is the forth movie Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau did together... and they made a real summer movie about husband and wife - Marc (Melki) and Béatrix (Tedeschi)- who take their two kids to the seaside house of Marc's youth. Not much of the family atmosphere though: their daughter takes up with a biker and their son roams the beach with his best friend, who is in love with him. Things get steamier when Béatrix's lover Mathieu shows up, and Marc's old flame appears... The best part of this movie is Valeria Bruni Tedeschi! WOW!
December 15, 2009
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