Stills of "Poltergay"
(Courtesy from Shaw)
In French with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy/Fantasy Director: Eric Lavaine Cast: Clovis Cornillac, Julie Depardieu, Lionel
Abelanski, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus, Jean-Michel Lahmi, Philippe
Duquesne, Georges Gay, Alain Fromager, Anne Caillon RunTime: 1 hr 32 mins Released By: Shaw & Festive Films Rating: M18 (Sexual Scenes) Official Website:www.festivefilms.com/poltergay
Opening Day: 16 August 2007
When Marc and Emma move into their new house, they have no
idea that in the 1970s, their basement was a gay nightclub
which had been destroyed by fire and that the house itself
is now haunted by the ghosts of five gay and mischievous clubbers.
Marc can see them. Emma can't. In the end, Marc's "visions"
cause Emma to walk out on him. Touched by the poor guy's distress,
the ghosts decide to help him win Emma back. In return, Marc
frees them from the house and helps them to discover the 21st
If there’s one thing the French are better at than the
folks over at Hollywood, it’s creativity. You may think
that they are only capable of making art films which appeal
to the high brow, but who would have thought that they could
add such an interesting twist to a supernatural comedy?
who are gay – such ingenious minds!
A man moves into a mansion with his wife and experiences encounters
of the third kind. The creepy (or rather funny in this case)
thing is, he is the only person who can see the gay ghosts.
A poltergeist then enlightens him on the reason for that,
and it is one that will make anyone with a sense of humor
chuckle in glee.
Eric Lavaine brings Hector Cabello Reyes’s story to
the big screen with an energetic amount of zest and effective
spot-on comedy moments, which will tickle the mainstream audience.
Couples that with the jest performances by the five spirits,
the psychedelic costume design and a rollicking soundtrack
which includes Boney M’s “Rasputin” and
you’d enjoy 93 minutes of good-natured fun.
jokes are aplenty in this comedy flick, but it does not mean
that the movie will only attract the niche crowd of gay viewers,
and that is because the picture is so campy and colorful,
any gag that along will make you laugh out loud.
spirits may not be distinguished, nor are they given substantial
character development, but you’d find yourself rooting
for the endearing male owner of the house played by Clovis
Cornillac (A Very Long Engagement). After repeated pestering
by the spirits, having his wife leaving him, going to see
a psychologist to examine his sexual tendencies, and most
hilariously, going to gay pubs to pick up men, you’ll
be empathizing with the poor chap’s misfortune.
movie also ups the fun factor by incorporating several creative
computer animation and graphics into certain scenes. And although
they are not your typical Hollywood big-budget effects, you’d
still appreciate the cutesy feel of the occasional fairy sparkles
movie may be French, but it is definitely not the heavy-going,
slow-moving art genre you’d normally expect. It does
not even have any deep message or theme to discuss or explore.
In all sense of the word, it will give you a gay and fun night
out at the movies.
( An accessible and enjoyable French flick for everyone)