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Pédale douce (1996) Online
Original Title :
Pédale douce
Genre :
Movie / Comedy
Year :
Directror :
Gabriel Aghion
Cast :
Patrick Timsit,Fanny Ardant,Richard Berry
Writer :
Gabriel Aghion,Pierre Palmade
Type :
Time :
1h 40min
Rating :
Pédale douce (1996) Online

The film discusses how to save a marriage when one is surrounded by heterosexual as well as homosexual people ?
Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit - Adrien
Fanny Ardant Fanny Ardant - Evelyne, dite Eva
Richard Berry Richard Berry - Alexandre Agut
Michèle Laroque Michèle Laroque - Marie
Jacques Gamblin Jacques Gamblin - Adrien Lemoine
Christian Bujeau Christian Bujeau - Dr. Séverine
Boris Terral Boris Terral - Cyril
Axelle Abbadie Axelle Abbadie - Claire, la soeur de Marie
Facundo Bo Facundo Bo - Pépito
Arno Chevrier Arno Chevrier - Bibiche
Yan Duffas Yan Duffas - Fripounet
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard - Riki
Sacha Briquet Sacha Briquet - Emilio
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel - Francis, l'employé de l'hôtel
Eliane Pine Carringhton Eliane Pine Carringhton - Rambo (as Eliane Pine-Carrington)

User reviews

Knights from Bernin

Knights from Bernin

Gay comedies are a hard genre to master with any subtlety; one side of the fence is occupied by movies made to mock gays for 'straight' amusement, and the other side is to mock straights for 'gay' amusement. Right off the top, I'll say that I enjoyed this film. Not wildly, as 20+ years ago I enjoyed 'La Cage aux Folles,' yet nevertheless it was involving, good characterization, well-edited and paced. Yet, yet . . . . One of the hurdles for most viewers is that the film is deeply rooted in the French gay cultural scene. And if the viewer isn't familiar with that milieu, it will seem as if the film was set in the late '70s or '80s. Everything that the viewer knows or may have heard about gay life in the USA in those years seems very alive here. The point is, that IS the way Paris is, even now. While trend-setting on a variety of fronts, France has NEVER set the pace for gay culture, that honor belongs to the USA. Thus there is a soundtrack out of the Gloria Gaynor days (different songs, but reminiscent of 'Priscilla of the Desert,') and the large background cast of gay characters are reminiscent of times long gone on this side of the Atlantic. If the viewer can accept that '80s-style gay party life is still alive and well in Paris in 1996, then there won't be any jarring sense of "whoa - when was this film made?" The top-billed star is Patrick Timsit in the role of Adrien, the gay main character who loves Eva, longtime friend and owner of a gay establishment. He thinks of her as family, and even says so at one point in the movie. But the STAR of this film is Fanny Ardant (Eva), who easily steals every single scene she is in and not without reason. There is a rather flimsy opening setup about how all the characters meet - Adrien is negociating a deal with Alexandre, a banker, played by Richard Berry (sorry, Gtran, but he's the banker, not the client), and soon various wives, lovers, 'tricks' and others are all in on the act. For anyone not familiar with Ms. Ardant, she is an undiluted joy (go rent 'Ridicule,' now!). Ferociously handsome, wearing her emotions on her face (and her clothes quite well, too)while keeping her heart hidden, she engages the viewer as few actress do anymore (French actresses have a talent for that). I found Mr. Timsit arch and shrill at times, without the underlying tenderness and pathos that invested every moment of Michel Serrault's Zaza Napoli of 1978, but he suffices. Richard Berry does a fine job as a 'hetero' forced to open his horizons a bit while pursuing Eva. Michèle Laroque has the unenviable job of the 'clueless wife,' but her hesitancy and luminous beauty play very well here. Jacques Gamblin as Lemoine, Alexandre's aide, tries very hard to portray a man still caught in the 'it's hard to come out' milieu of Paris (which is, sadly, still true), but he lacks a certain "je ne sais quoi" to quite pull it off successfully; with time, he may very well become a great actor. There are a thousand and one jokes in this film that will only be understandable to francophones - and Parisian French is fast, clipped and very argotic (I can't speak about sub-titling, as I saw a VO [version originale], but I can imagine the inability to relay the sense of the original in subtitles). If you can speak French WELL, you'll laugh a lot. The nod to '90's/21st-century sensibilities about AIDS-awareness is last-minute and feels very false, thrown in as a sop. Rent the movie - it is a cult classic in France, for a variety of reasons. However, I will give you one more: as you watch this film, ponder the differences between American and French culture and consider why, in France of all places, homosexuality is still shameful.
generation of new

generation of new

This 1996 French film, directed and written by Gabriel Aghion, was shown recently on a cable channel. Not having a clue as to what it was all about, we decided to take a chance. It is, in a way, a variation on the more successful "La cage aux folles", an international success that was adapted by Hollywood as a Robin Williams vehicle, after it was a hit on the Broadway stage in the 1980s.

The material is thin, although the pleasures in watching this film come in the way of Fanny Ardant, a wonderful actress that seemed to have been having a great time while working on the movie. She is Eva, the lady that owns a gay club that is a place where most of the action happens. At the center of the story is Adrien, played by comic actor Patrick Timsit, who does a good job as the man that adores Eva, but because being gay, he cannot aspire to really make her love him. Richard Berry is also seen as the banker who discovers he is in love with Eva, while still married to Marie, his society wife.

There are fun moments in the film that offers mild entertainment and a few laughs for those fans that are looking for amusement.


Twenty years after `La cage aux folles', `Pédale douce' revisits the comedy that has gay characters as main comic devices. Obviously, times have changed, and while the Cage's heroes were hysterical, outrageous `queens', gays in a 1996 comedy need to be more realistic. Here, Adrien and his friends are gay top bank executives who have to deal with Alexandre, a powerful, über-macho client. Because he's in love with Eva, Adrian's best female friend and gay club owner, Alexandre will discover a world he'd known only through the magazines. This is a very rich – sometimes too rich - movie, full of situations, characters and moods, ranging from physical comedy to very moving moments, like the touching and difficult relationship between Adrien and Eva. Though it's very funny, the general tone is bittersweet : everybody in this movie is not exactly what he/she thinks he/she is, and will have to cope, more or less successfully, with this discovery. AIDS looms over the characters. The movie has been criticized for recycling most of the clichés about gay culture (the characters may be bank executives, but they still act a little like the Cage's Zaza Napoli), and for being ultimately conservative (gays remain gays and straights remain straights). Still, Pédale douce is very enjoyable, and wonderfully played, with a special mention for Fanny Ardant as the complex, sensitive Eva.