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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

CôTE D'AZUR

TFF 2005
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE CôTE D'AZUR [TFF 2005]
With their delectably sexy fourth feature, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have created a delicious blend of sexual fluidity, desire, and comedy sure to continue their international acclaim. Marc and his wife, Beatrix, take their daughter, Laura, and son, Charly, on a summer, seaside holiday to the house Marc vacationed at as a teenager. Soon after arriving, Laura takes off with her biker boyfriend and the remaining three are left to spend their time relaxing, sun bathing, taking long showers and having some special alone time. But the trio is not alone for long. Charly's best friend, Martin, arrives for a visit. The two spend so much time together that Beatrix begins to suspect that the two are more than just friends. And she is half right. Martin is gay and is in love with Charly. The feeling, though, is not mutual. Charly is straight but resists "coming out" as a heterosexual to his supportive mother. The house gets even more crowded with the unexpectedly arrival of Beatrix's lover, who has come to whisk her away from Marc. Meanwhile, Marc has kept himself busy, and oblivious, working around the house and reliving some of his teenage memories. But it is not long before his past meets his present-and his family. The sumptuous ensemble cast (including 2003 TFF Best Actress winner Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) adds special warmth to the already romantic setting. Filled with irreverent humor and breezy style, Côte d'Azur is an enchanting frolic, complete with musical numbers, that will have you singing and dancing by the time the final credits roll. [Formerly titled Mariscos Beach.]
With their delectably sexy fourth feature, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have created a delicious blend of sexual fluidity, desire, and comedy sure to continue their international acclaim. Marc and his wife, Beatrix, take their daughter, Laura, and son, Charly, on a summer, seaside holiday to the house Marc vacationed at as a teenager. Soon after arriving, Laura takes off with her biker boyfriend and the remaining three are left to spend their time relaxing, sun bathing, taking long showers and having some special alone time. But the trio is not alone for long. Charly's best friend, Martin, arrives for a visit. The two spend so much time together that Beatrix begins to suspect that the two are more than just friends. And she is half right. Martin is gay and is in love with Charly. The feeling, though, is not mutual. Charly is straight but resists "coming out" as a heterosexual to his supportive mother. The house gets even more crowded with the unexpectedly arrival of Beatrix's lover, who has come to whisk her away from Marc. Meanwhile, Marc has kept himself busy, and oblivious, working around the house and reliving some of his teenage memories. But it is not long before his past meets his present-and his family. The sumptuous ensemble cast (including 2003 TFF Best Actress winner Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) adds special warmth to the already romantic setting. Filled with irreverent humor and breezy style, Côte d'Azur is an enchanting frolic, complete with musical numbers, that will have you singing and dancing by the time the final credits roll. [Formerly titled Mariscos Beach.]
Film Information
Year: 2005
Length: 90 minutes
Language: French
Country: France
Premiere: North American
Special Note

About the Director(s)
Born in Lyon, France, Olivier Ducastel is an accomplished director and screenwriter whose filmmaking spans nearly a decade. His first foray into feature films was 1989's Le Goût de plaire. Ducastel's creative partner director and screenwriter Jacques Martineau was born in Montpellier and equally shares his colleague's creative vision. In addition to Cote d'Azur, the duo's films together include Jeanne and the Perfect Guy and The Adventures of Felix.

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