Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Crustaces Et Coquillages
Alternate title: Cockles And Muscles
France, 2005. Agat Films & Cie, Bac Films, Cofimage 16, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Canal+, CineCinema. Screenplay by Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau. Cinematography by Matthieu Poirot-Delpech. Produced by Nicolas Blanc. Music by Philippe Miller. Production Design by Lise Petermann. Costume Design by Anne-Marie Giacalone. Film Editing by Dominique Gallieni.
The directors of Funny Felix return with another summer tale of romance in sun-soaked France. A family vacationing on the Riviera is temporarily broken up by the departure of their daughter, who is going to Portugal with her dangerous motorcycling boyfriend. This leaves the happy parents to dote on their young teenage son, whose best friend has just come for a visit and given the parents the idea that he might be gay (their son is just letting them think that to get on their nerves). Meanwhile, Mom (the wonderful Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) receives a visit from her secret lover, who plans to stay all summer, and Dad is getting a little too hot under the collar when he sees his son’s friend taking a shower. Things get complicated, French doors slam, and it all wraps up in a cheerful package in the end. It’s a totally pointless exercise, but its breeziness is part of its charm, and its characters are engaging.