Confusion of Genders (2000)

Confusion of Genders (2000)



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A lawyer finds himself playing on so many sides at once that he has trouble keeping score in this offbeat comedy. Alain (Pascal Greggory) is a bisexual attorney stuck in a deep well of sexual and professional confusion. Alain has become involved with Laurence (Nathalie Richard), another lawyer who shares his office; after they sleep together for the first time, Laurence finds herself pregnant, then wants Alain to marry her, even though she knows he doesn't love her. Meanwhile, Alain is obsessed with one of his clients, Marc (Vincent Martinez), who has just been handed a life sentence for murder but is still the man of his dreams, despite the fact that Christophe (Cyrille Thouvenin), Laurence's brother, is in love with Alain and willing to do anything to satisfy his sexual appetite. In order to get closer to Marc, Alain warily agrees to become an intermediary between Marc and his girlfriend Babette (Julie Gayet). But as he begins passing messages between the two, Alain finds himself falling into an affair with Babette.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Pascal Greggory
as Alain Bauman
Nathalie Richard
as Laurence Albertini
Julie Gayet
as Babette
Alain Bashung
as Etienne
Cyrille Thouvenin
as Christophe
Bulle Ogier
as Laurence's Mother
Pierre Barrat
as Laurence's Father
Nelly Borgeaud
as Alain's Mother
Michel Bertay
as Alain's Father
Valérie Stroh
as Patricia
Vincent Gauthier
as Christophe's Father
Dominique Bernardi
as Deputy Mayor
Denis Lachaud
as Laurence's Client
Emmanuel Vieilly
as Prison Warder
Catherine Giron
as Hairdresser's Client
Christophe Perrier
as Accountant
Chloé Mons
as Blond Girl/Lover
Samuel Perche
as Young Adonis/Lover
Arnaud Vallens
as Smoothie Man/Lover
Saaro Fedronic
as Brazilian
Frederic Haddou
as Small Dark-Haired Man/Lover
Christophe Lebelour
as Highbrow Man
Guylaine Lemire
as Androgynous Girl/Lover
Serge Feuillard
as Fifty Year Old Man/Lover
Jacqueline Chambon
as Woman at the Bus Stop
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Critic Reviews for Confusion of Genders

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

We wander through Alain's life just as he does, never satisfied, and perhaps marveling at how dull bisexual promiscuity actually seems to be.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Certainly sexy, entertaining and provocative -- in several senses of the word -- but it's also tiresome as only a French film can be when everyone in it has only sex and amour on his or her mind and is deadly serious about both.

Full Review… | August 15, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In aiming for zingy, topical farce, it goes strangely limp, coasting on the fumes of its own self-satisfied shock value.

Full Review… | August 15, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Despite a plethora of 'naughty bits,' it's a yawn.

July 9, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

In an effort to keep the plates spinning, the movie quickly devolves from risque to risible.

July 9, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

A sleek-looking film with intense performances by its cast, Confusion of Genders has nothing to say that wasn't put much more succinctly in a minor 50's pop hit for Sarah Vaughan ...

July 9, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Confusion of Genders


Bad title, bad cover (& why every G&L related movie always has to use an ugly, tasteless artwork for the poster or DVD cover?!!) I guess the film was supposed to be funny (noir) for certain moments but too uptight overall. Confusing (core) character. Confusing plotline. Perhaps the one most confused are the audiences.


[font=Century Gothic]In "Confusion of Genders," Alain(Pascal Greggory) is a middle aged lawyer who is depressed on both a personal and a professional level.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Despite having numerous trysts with members of both genders, he still feels lonely and worries about growing old alone. So, he proposes to his boss, Laurence(Nathalie Richard), who accepts. Then, she gets pregnant. Complicating matters even further is Christophe(Cyrille Thouvenin), brother to Marlene(Marie Saint-Dizier), one of Alain's old hookups, who one night brings Alain home with him.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Alain wants to take on an important case but Laurence demurs until a murder case comes their way. The client, Marc(Vincent Martinez), gets a life sentence. Alain feels so guilty that he agrees to act as a go-between in a wedding proposal from Marc to his girlfriend, Babette(Julie Gayet), a hair stylist.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Confusion of Genders" is an offbeat satire with an erotic edge. As well-acted and engaging as it is, it could have been even better if its staccato rhythm had been slowed down in a couple of places. The movie is about the pursuit of happiness where the best advice is to roll with the punches, as events may play out in totally unexpected and wonderful ways. For example, Alain's bout of self-loathing comes from life differing from the expectations he originally had, especially not fitting in as well as he would like. Part of that comes from the law not turning out to be the idealistic profession he once thought it was. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

5.5/10. Dark comedy, nicely acted by the leads. It is an interesting story but did not always hold my interest. The characters lack depth.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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