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Man Is A Woman

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This hybrid of Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet and recent Chris O'Donnell turkey The Bachelor takes its title from Canadian author Robertson Davies, who claimed every man has a hidden female side, and vice versa.

English-mangling Eurotrash host De Caunes is Simon, a gay clarinetist who's offered a large sum of cash and a new home by a rich uncle (Aumont) if he agrees to marry. So Simon hooks up with Jewish virgin Rosalie (Zylberstein) - - although he's more interested in her younger brother (Elmaheh).

There's plenty of sexual confusion and trouser-dropping farce in Zilbermann's script, but the writer/director opts instead for a sombre study of inviolable natures creating unnecessary suffering. De Caunes and Zylberstein give watchable performances, while the jaunty kletzmer music offers some tuneful respite from the occasionally histrionic action.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: May 26th 2000

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