Friday, June 10, 2011

Tenue de Soirée (1986)

Tenue de Soirée (1986) Bertrand Blier
Language: French / Subtitles: none
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen / Length: 80mn
Dvdrip Divx - 720x416 - 684mb
Gérard Depardieu ... Bob
Michel Blanc ... Antoine
Miou-Miou ... Monique
Michel Creton ... Pedro
Jean-François Stévenin ... Husband in house 3
Mylène Demongeot ... Wife in house 3
Caroline Sihol ... Wife of the Rich and Depressed Man
Jean-Yves Berteloot ... Male Prostitute in night club
Bruno Cremer ... The Art Lover
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... The Rich and Depressed Man
With Tenue de Soiree, Blier is once again investigating male insecurity and men's relations with other men. Essentially a remake of Les Valseuses, this film quickly removes the presence of a woman (Monique) to leave the way clear for Bob's seduction of Antoine. A complex film, part crime comedy, part transvestite film, Blier seems to lose his way at the midpoint and the ending seems tacked on. Depardieu and Blanc in particular are excellent, but the script lets them down. A homophobe becomes a fully dressed transsexual in about 90 minutes, hardly realistic and the misogynistic tone of the film can be draining. A useful companion piece to Les Valseuses, but it is only half the film that Les Valseuses was in 1974.


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