Cockles and Muscles

★★★★ Critics' Choice - Time Out

Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau

Writer: Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel

Stars: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Gilbert Melki, Jean-Marc Barr

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Marc takes his wife Béatrix and their two children to the seaside house of his youth, but before long the summer holiday begins to fall apart.  Nineteen-year-old daughter Laura has a rendez-vous with her biker boyfriend and then heads off to Spain, while their son Charly, 17, is getting suspiciously intimate with another boy. When Béatrix’s lover Mathieu shows up, and Marc’s old flame appears, complications ensue and the holiday descends into chaos. Acclaimed French actors Gilbert Melki and Jean-Marc Barr head up a cast of comic performers who bring a touch of quirkiness to this summery crowd-pleaser.

“Funny and filthy romp… immensely funny” – The List


  • “yummy … charming … brilliant”
    - Hot Dog
  • “Funny and filthy romp … immensely fun”
    - The List

  • “Adultery, secret assignations, late night cruising … are certainly never dull”
    - Attitude
Cast: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Gilbert Melki, Jean-Marc Barr
Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Writers: Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel
Country: France
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Certificate: 18
Running Time: 90 mins
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Release Date: 25-09-2006
VoD Release Date: 25-09-2006
Cinema Release Date: 14-04-2006
DVD Extras: Writer and Director's Commentary | Q&A with Writer and Directors | Karaoke | Outtakes | Dance of the cockles | Shooting in the shower