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Ménage [Evening Dress]


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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc, Miou-Miou, Bruno Cremer, Jean-Pierre Marielle
  • Directors: Bertrand Blier
  • Writers: Bertrand Blier
  • Producers: René Cleitman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026MP1AO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,145 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ménage [Evening Dress]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Bob (Gérard Depardieu), a seductive, bisexual thief, entices Antoine (Michel Blanc) and Monique (Miou-Miou) into joining him as he robs wealthy homes. Turned on by the thrill of thievery, the “unhappily” married couple soon abandons their world of middle-class predictability, and a bizarre love triangle develops between the three in this “extraordinary spry and witty film” (The New York Times) by director Bertrand Blier.

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It's a dark comedy worth your while.
Rainys A. Blekaitis
The humor lacks any whit of cleverness and mistakes repeated distasteful sexual skits (sans nudity) for acceptable film work And I am a big G. P. fan.
John W. Van Hoy III
Ultimately it becomes, in it's absurdist way a meditation on how power and sex work in relationships, as well as letting go of one's self-image.
K. Gordon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
MENAGE or "Tenue De Soiree", as it is called in French is a subtle comedy which will not leave the viewer untouched. A burgler (Depardieu) befriends a spatting couple at a bal, and proceeds to court the husband (Michel Blanc, of "Monsieur Hire") into an intense intimate relationship. What follows is the threesome's adventures through Parisian nights and a variety of situations, one more absurd than the next. The original version is exquisitely written, and the dialogues border on poetry. All the actors demonstrate their talents opposite each other and form an exceptional cast. This film would most likely be listed under "comedies" but it's range encompasses many genres. A definite must see for any fan of Depardieu who is flawless in this film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "nathalieschon" on November 10, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The original title of this film is "Tenue de soiree". A very ironic title if you consider the story : two [unsuccessful folks] meet smart guy (Gerard Depardieu) with money and connections. Only problem : the money has dubious origins and the connections are a little too connected to the crime world. Let's not even talk about the sexual depravity of Mr. Smart who offers his new friends the brilliant career of prostitution.
The film is a must not only because of the weird and hilarious story but also for the great lines (a condition of success in French theaters). Who will forget the famous comment : "When I see your gloomy face, I feel like ordering a coffin " ?
This film has become a classic in France. It displays the same black humor as "Le pere Noel est une ordure" (you don't want me to translate this and you don't want to know what happens to Santa Claus).
If you want to discover French cinema, you better get used to Bernard Blier's destructive humor, who spares nobody.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julio Lopez on August 1, 2006
Format: DVD
Great acting, a very unusual story and a wonderful direction make this one of the most outstanding (and cult) comedies coming out from France in recent years. Depardieu, Miou Miou and Blanc are simply terrific in this incredibly outragious "menage a trois". Besides, the music - by Serge Gainsbourg (who else could make the music for such a movie?) - is WONDERFUL. Kind of cult flick, it will be greatly enjoyed by those keen on sexually daring subjects. Warning: I would recommend this film to a very open-minded audience since it might hurt some moral standards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jardy on June 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Infatuated by his ever-adolescent naughty looks, I hailed Gerard as the actor when I saw him in Tenue de soiree. The increasing arousal of the plot interweaves with his audaucious fury ending up in a typically European menage a trois. We are all flesh and blood, after all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rainys A. Blekaitis on March 29, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a story about what one will do to survive, rising from the gutter to luxurious heights and back down - passing below the gutter. It's a dark comedy worth your while. It's in French and is subtitled.
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