Cote d'Azur (2005)



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.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Romain Torres
as Charly
Yannick Baudin
as Michael
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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
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
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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Sexually brazen yet also rather sweet.

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cote d'Azur

Cote D'Azur is a delightful comedy that talks about sexuality in a very light way. Maybe too light to be true but there is no doubt that it would be good to be true. This movie is adorable, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is gorgeous.

Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez
Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez

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

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Cote D'Azur (2005) - "You can't be too tolerant. Either you are, or you are not." - Beatrix. A French-made comedy that follows a summer with a family that returns to the Dad's boy-hood vacation home that he recently inherited from his Aunt. At first, the film focuses on the Mom trying to convince the Dad that their kid's relationships were "normal." It's not long before we begin to find out that Mom is messing around and Dad has an old gay flame that's working as the town plumber. I found the cheating Mom (Beatrix) particularly disturbing, not only in the way she strutted around and behaved, but also in her almost pathological "defense" of her teenage son and daughter. The daughter wisely runs off with a motorcyclist, but the son has no where to go, which sets him for for a difficult battle with his gay best friend, and his deeply closeted father. Occasionally, the film whips out some sort of weird musical scenes - like the Director passed out weed for everyone at lunch and no one ever bothered to go back and look at the reel. It must have been a hell of a party at the end. Everyone must have been wrecked to put together an ending like that. Okay, okay, the shower scenes were pretty good.

Rich Brown
Rich Brown

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