Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Charming French comedy about a group of twenty-something friends who come out to their parents at a dinner party.
Alternate Titles: Pourquoi pas moi?
Year: 1999
Duration: 94 min
Language: Spain, France, Switzerland/French
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Stephane Giusti
Writer: Stephane Giusti
Starring: Amira Casar, Julie Gayet, Bruno Putzulu, Alexandra London, Carmen Chaplin, Johnny Hallyday, Marie-France Pisier, Brigitte Rouan, Assumpta Serna, Elli Medeiros, Vittoria Scognamiglio, Jean-Claude Dauphin, Joan Crosas, Montse Mostaza, Marta Gil

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+Alt Tags+This is a charming French comedy about a group of twenty-something friends who work together in a small publishing company that produces sci-fi novels and comic books. The staff consists of three lesbians, a straight woman and a gay man.

Camille (Amira Casar) lives with her girlfriend Ariane (Alexandra London), and her mother is very supportive and liberal. Eva (Julie Gayet) shares an apartment with Nico (Bruno Putzulu), and her parents believe that he is her longtime boyfriend. She lusts after Tina (Montse Mostaza), who draws lesbian manga comics. Nico isn’t out to his family either, and he takes Lili (Carmen Chaplin, the straight woman in the office) to his soccer team functions to pass.

Camille’s mother Josepha (Brigitte Roüan) wants to be helpful and invites all of the parents for a coming out dinner party. The reactions are decidedly mixed, from acceptance to disgust, and it leads to a surprising revelation and some unexpected results. The parents are all interesting characters themselves.

Very pleasant to watch, and it’s a coming out comedy that’s fun, without high drama tears. It can be hard to find in the US, but is available in the UK or France. (AB)