Me, Myself and Mum
ME, MYSELF AND MUM (15)
LES GARÇONS ET GUILLAUME, À TABLE!
Director Guillaume Gallienne I 2013 I 95 min
Cast Guillaume Gallienne, André Marcon, François Fabian, Nanou Garcia, Diane Kruger
A cheerful and inventive comic confessional about Guillaume Gallienne’s upbringing, his relations with his mother, and his eventual embracing of his inner heterosexual after growing up as a female-identified boy whom everyone assumes is gay.
The 41-year-old Gallienne plays himself from school-age child to awkward adolescent to young man. He also doubles up in drag to play his own mother, looking uncannily like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, often acting opposite himself in smoothly blended split-screen scenes. An unshakable presence in his psyche, Mommy Dearest materialises to advise the timid hero at key moments, whether he is receiving a life-changing enema from Diane Kruger’s stern German health-spa nurse or unwittingly signing up for a group-sex orgy at a bacchanalian gay nightclub.
This is an intelligent but unashamedly crowd-pleasing film.
Stage star Guillaume Gallienne turns sexual anguish and family friction into charming confessional comedy. – Hollywood Reporter
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