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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Clovis Cornillac, Julie Depardieu, Lionel Abelansky, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus, Jean-Michel Lahmi, Philippe Duquesne, Georges Gay, Michel Duchaussoy, Alain Fromager, Anne Caillon
Director: Eric Lavaine
Rating: M18
(Sexual Scenes)
Year Made: 2006




- Trailer
- Photo Gallery




Languages: French
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Innoform Media




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.

The 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.

The 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.

As 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.

You 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.

If you 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.



Review by Linus Tee



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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm Media


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