A French Gigolo

A French Gigolo
Release Date: None
Runtime: 104 min.
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Rating: None
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Eric Caravaca, Isabelle Carre
Director: Josiane Balasko
Stars 3 1/2

by Tracy Wren
Only in France, you might say. Indeed A French Gigilo screened at the 13th Col-Coa City of Lights/City of Angels Festival during the last
week of April in Los Angeles and was also a selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In many ways a comedy of manners, A French
Gigolo gives a serious subject matter a light touch when a successful, wealthy business woman, Judith (Nathalie Baye), falls in love with one of her young escorts. But what about the gigolo himself?

He’s a married man, married to the beautiful Fanny (Isabelle Carre) and Patrick’s (Eric Caravaca) habit supports his wife, her mother and sister. The father left so long ago the girls can barely remember him. Fanny gets a glimpse into her husband’s secret life when she takes a phone
call meant for him. Going to the address the woman gave, Fanny catches her husband between the sheets with Judith.

Confused and furious, she demands an explanation. Fanny convinces Patrick to quit his double life, but along with the job goes the money and no one can take of up the slack. Desperate, Fanny asks her husband to go back to work. He
agrees, but now Judith wants Patrick for entire weekends and the ensuing family dilemma is one that is very real.

Initially, Patrick’s choice may be less than noble but in the end he returns to his wife and family. But who will pay the bills?

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