Pourquoi pas moi? (Why not me?) (1999)

(Another one where a trailer eluded me)

Amira Casar, Alexandra London, Julie Gayet, Assumpta Serna

A delightful and refreshing French film about a group of friends who work at their small science fiction and fantasy publishing company (except Camille’s girlfriend; Arianne who is one of life’s eternal students and knows nothing about sci-fi; ‘Princess Leia qui?’), they are all gay barring Lily the secretary, and they are all in the closet to their parents, except Camille who has a very supportive mother who is a big advocate for gay rights.

Camille is out and proud and never going back, her girlfriend Arianne is deeply closeted, left her boyfriend for Camille and is a student who lives off Camille. Is in a football team as a hobby where he has fallen for the new guy but keeps taking Lily as his ‘girlfriend’ to group events, he also has a famous singing mother who’s identity he keeps secret until it comes times for them al to meet. Lily has very bohemian parents who she wants to shock out of curiosity and fails rather spectacularly, they say it matters not and her mother has something to reveal while they are at it. JG is a serial dater who is always out and about, she has parents who are somewhat blind to her and her mother is the ultimate ditz, her father a toreador.

Camille and her mother decide that the time has come for the group to come out to their parents, Camille in particular is fed of being ‘roommates’ to Arianne’s mother when she calls. The friends reluctantly agree, even Lily the straight girl who works with them, but also pretends to be girlfriend when needed. They invite all the parents to Camille’s mothers for the weekend and events proceed from there.

The parents, as expected, react in a variety of ways, some think it is a disease that is curable, some say it makes no difference to them,  some think it is a disease that is curable, some say it makes no difference to them, some of them have a secret to reveal in return, in a ‘I’m gay… with your mother’ (I’ll leave which two to be found out).

An excellent, deliciously French film that manages to be both funny and serious at the same time, a highly enjoyable coming out tale for a group of young friends.

9/10

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About Nerdsbian

I am a nerd for ALL seasons. I am a genderqueer wlw Librarian who unsurprisingly likes reading...a lot But I love being outside too...sometimes even reading at the same time. Also animals, any and all of them. Never yet met one that didn't get on with me and vice versa. I do a couple of different voluntary jobs (animal charity related) and have recently completed my MA.
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