When Mark 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 homosexual and mischievous
clubbers. Mark can see them. Emma can't. In the end, Mark'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. Mark frees them from the house nad help them
discover the 21st century fever!
The French sure know how to ham it up and have fun. Without
resorting to anything too lewd or offensive to the gay community,
“Poltergay” switches itself on a fun mode from
the start and never seem to let go of your attention.
premise is simple, two lovers Mark and Emma moved into a house
which was abandoned for more than two decades. Not knowing
that five gay retro ghosts are occupying the house, Mark faces
disturbances by the ghosts every night. Loud disco music,
mysterious picture of flying dicks drawn on the wall and being
polariod while in the shower. It doesn’t help that Mark
has well-blessed biceps. Naughty but thoroughly harmless.
However, the problem lies in Emma, she refuses to believe
in Mark's visions, assumed he's getting wacko and left him.
performance of the cast is simply magnificent (many unknown
to this ignorant reviewer). Clovis Cornillac and Julie Depardieu
(daughter of the renowned Gerard Depardieu) who play the leads
have great chemistry as the couple at odds while the rest
of the supporting cast is easily likeable.
the story proceeds, we get to know a little more about the
traits of each of the ghosts, one loves ironing, one loves
drawing flying dick, one has a soft spot for firemen, one
who is surprisingly curious about naked women and the last
nicknamed “Huggy” who is longing for his old lover.
Justifiably, you can’t expect further character developments
because that will instantly kills the pacing and humor.
might find yourself in a non-stop giggling fit when Mark awkwardly
ventured to a gay nightclub in search of his “true”
self (expect some crazy laughs on this) and the engagement
of a paranormal who is a McDonald’s fanatic or the assistance
of the ghouls to patch up Mark and Emma.
have never got near any French title all your life, perhaps
“Poltergay” will change your perception that French
cinema is arthouse, aloof and unapproachable. Recommend to
go with some “Boney M” music.
Only a trailer and a photo gallery accompany this code 3 DVD.
Visually, the DVD transfer has no problem showing
the campy colours and occasional night shots. The disc comes
equipped only with a sole French track and English subtitles.
by Linus Tee