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Me, Myself and Mum

Les Garçons et Guillaume, à Table

Inventive autobiographical comedy from Guillaume Gallienne, playing gender crisis for laughs – and playing his fearsome Maman into the bargain.

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  • Director-Screenwriter Guillaume Gallienne
  • Producers Edouard Weil, Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Jean-Baptiste Dupont
  • With Guillaume Gallienne, André Marcon, Diane Kruger
  • France 2013
  • 85 mins
  • Sales Gaumont

Coming-of-age films are rarely as enjoyable, or as mischievous, as the surprise audience hit of this year’s Cannes. Adapted from his one-man stage show, Guillaume Gallienne shows what it’s like to grow up as a boy when everyone is convinced that you’re really a girl – or should have been. Playing both himself and his frosty grande dame mother, Gallienne traces his life from childhood in an aristocratic family through adventures in Spain, ill-fated stints at boarding school and a hair-raising spa visit to the present, when he comes out as… well, simply as his own uncategorisable self. Gallienne resembles a cherubic cross between Harpo Marx and Pee-Wee Herman, but with wit and literacy à la Stephen Fry, and overall proves a winning and unpredictable screen presence. He’s also an inventive director, telling his story in a style that resembles a free-form, flamboyant live-action comic strip. Gender crisis was never this much fun.

Jonathan Romney

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