Dry Cleaning


1h 37m 1997

Brief Synopsis

In a provincial town, not far away from the train station, not too far from the big city of Paris, exists a nightclub where small town tastes are challenged by sexually ambiguous performers who tease and agitate conservative thinkers... Jean Marie and Nicole--a faithful couple for over 15 years--are

Film Details

Also Known As
Nettoyage a Sec
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
Strand Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Synopsis

In a provincial town, not far away from the train station, not too far from the big city of Paris, exists a nightclub where small town tastes are challenged by sexually ambiguous performers who tease and agitate conservative thinkers... Jean Marie and Nicole--a faithful couple for over 15 years--are the respectable owners of a dry-cleaning establishment in a small French town who decide to take a break from their weekly routine to visit this local gay night club. To their surprise, they both become entranced by the slinky sexuality of a transvestite brother-sister act. A chance encounter between the two couples sets the tone for a high-risk journey into sexual experimentation. Nicole and Jean begin a new life, dry-cleaning during the day and spinning out of control at night. At first, they let themselves be taken in by the excitement of the game, however later it has dire consequences for the couple's sanity, as feelings are ignited that they both cannot understand.

Film Details

Also Known As
Nettoyage a Sec
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
Strand Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 21 - June 14, 1998.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.

Released in United States Winter February 5, 1999 (NY)

Released in United States March 26, 1999 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 1997.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 21 - June 14, 1998.)

Winner of best actress (Miou-Miou) at the 1997 Lumieres de Paris awards.

Winner of the 1997 Cesar Award for Most Promising Actor (Stanislas Merhar). Also nominated for Best Actor (Charles Berling), Best Actress (Miou-Miou), and Best Supporting Actress (Mathilde Seigner).

Winner of the Golden Osellas for best screenplay (Gilles Taurand and Anne Fontaine) at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter February 5, 1999

Released in United States March 26, 1999

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States March 1998

Released in United States July 2000

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 1997.

Released in United States March 1998 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Today" March 13-24, 1998.)

Released in United States July 2000 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.)