Saturday, July 15, 2006
COTE D'AZUR (2005): I just saw this delightful comic souffle of a film on Here! TV last night. In French with subtitles (it was titled Crustacés et Coquillages in France), this gentle sex farce concerns an attractive family's summer vacation on the French Riviera. The mother is having an affair with a horny older guy who keeps showing up nude in the bushes...the father is turned on by his teenage son's gay friend and rekindles his relationship with a humpy plumber...the daughter is screwing a biker...and the long-haired, 16-year-old son keeps jerking off in the shower because he can't find a girlfriend. It's all played for laughs and yet it's charming and sweet and titillating as well. American filmmakers could never make a movie like this. Our puritanical and uptight attitude toward sex in this country only allows us to enjoy watching others having sex in the context of pornography. This movie shows us that sex is as natural as breathing - only a lot more fun!