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Original title
Cliente
Year
Running time
104 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Josiane Balasko
Music
DJ Kore
Cinematography
Robert Alazraki
Cast
Producer
LGM Cinéma SAS, France 3 Cinéma, Gaumont, Josy Films, Canal+, Cinecinema
Genre
Comedy. Drama. Romance
Synopsis / Plot
An elegant entrepreneur in her fifties, Judith unapologetically engages male escorts to minister to her sexual pleasure. When she answers Patrick’s ad, she’s charmed by the sensitive fellow in the classic suit; it’s as if he stepped right out of the Nouvelle Vague films of her youth. But from the get-go, things with this good-natured gent aren’t as efficient as with other lovers. Not only is he unable to sustain an erection on their second date, but power dynamics and his private life begin to muddy their arrangement. At home in the Paris projects, Patrick is buckling under pressure to support a gaggle of demanding relatives, including his adorable wife, Fanny, who's getting wise to his secret financial scheme. And just as you think they’ll be propelled onto predictable paths befitting characters in a less-playful, less-astute story, Judith, Patrick, and Fanny veer into murky emotional terrain, reluctantly getting tangled in a bittersweet triangle.
Awards
2009: Sundance Film Festival: Nominated for Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
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