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American Women's Club of Hamburg

Les Garcons et Guillaume, à Table (Maman und ich)

France 2013
Starts June 5, 2014

Directed by: Guillaume Gallienne
Writing credits: Guillaume Gallienne, Claude Mathieu, Nicolas Vassiliev
Cast: Guillaume Gallienne, André Marcon, Francoise Fabian
Length: 85 minutes
 
Les Garcons et Guillaume, à Table (Maman und ich) Guillaume Gallienne is a member of the Comédie Francaise and for all intents and purposes this is his autobiography. He recalls his experiences growing up, the intense relationship with his mother (he plays both himself and the part of his mother!) and his love of women general.
 
After having had two sons Maman really wanted a girl so she treats Guillaume like one. He loves dressing up and doing girly things to please her and he always gets a separate holiday so that he doesn't have to go on sport-oriented vacations with his brothers and father. Fencing is as far as he gets with athletics. One summer he is sent to learn Spanish in Spain and learns to dance the Sevillana from the woman with whom he boards - not even realizing that he has been taught the women's part. He goes through periods wondering whether he is gay and who he will find to love. His search for himself and his sexual orientation consists of many funny coming of age episodes.
 
This is a movie adaptation of his one-man play in French. What really is fun is that the sequences in Spain and Germany (with a cameo appearance by Diane Kruger) are not subtitled so that, if one does not know Spanish and German (as Guillaume does not), then one really can relate to what Guillaume himself is experiencing. ()

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