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Cote d'Azur (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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 liasons ensue. Charly -- though straight -- must contend with the come-ons of his best friend, Martin, a closeted homosexual infatuated with him for years but too shy to say so. Meanwhile, as Laura takes up with a young biker, Béatrix re-encounters her old boyfriend Mathieu (Jacques Bonnaffé); Marc's ex-flame pops up, too, both former lovers expressing interest in rekindling affairs. Soon, the entire vacation becomes a surfeit of hilarious erotic complications.

Cast

Yannich Baudin
as Michaël, le motard
Julien Weber
as Sylvain
Sébastien Cormier
as Le nouveau copain de Laura
Marion Roux
as La joueuse de billard
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Critic Reviews for Cote d'Azur

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (19)

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

October 21, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The gay-themed film's characters and complications are formula fluff.

October 13, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

While Cote d'Azur should be a vacation, it's often more like work just trying to stay engaged.

October 7, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Sexually brazen yet also rather sweet.

September 29, 2005 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Cote d'Azur

½

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!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

[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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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