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DRY CLEANING
GRADE: B-
Miou-Miou and Stanislas Merhar.

Thick with blue-collar ennui, Anne Fontaine's engaging but routine French relationship drama has androgynous blonde stranger Loc (Stanislas Merhar) coming between the Kunstlers, igniting sexual passion in wife Nicole (Miou-Miou) and kindling insecurity in husband Jean-Marie (Charles Berling). The love triangle doubles as a surrogate family, with Loc apparently only able to deal with the people close to him by fucking them. The relationship is never fully convincing, however, and the film can't settle on a single point of view. Well-photographed and edited regardless, and buoyed by the presence of Miou-Miou, the charming sprite of French cinema for the better part of three decades.

Directed by Anne Fontaine
Written by Fontaine and Gilles Taurand
Cinematography by Caroline Champetier
Edited by Luc Barnier
Starring Miou-Miou, Charles Berling, and Stanislas Merhar

French with English Subtitles
Original title: Nettoyage sec
Theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1

France, 1997


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