The point of this post is to give you this. But to understand why I got to to here, you have to read on after.
"I was 5 and he was 6"
I mentioned the tragic Dalida below. I figured I'd do some preparation for a posting on her, and found this:
Which I thought was the French version the of Cher's biggest 1960's hit, written by Sony Bono. Until I listened and realised she was singing in Italian (she was big in Italy too). Here is the Nancy Sinatra version that remained less well known until Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 1:
Then, suddenly, I remembered that I knew the French version from somewhere. Eventually I worked it out. Musical lip-synching, cross-dressing...it must be early François Ozon.
It's sung by Sheila, and here it is...
It's used in his 1996 short Une robe d'été.
Luc, a young man in his late teens/early twenties, spends his holiday at the sea together with his slightly older and decidedly more effeminate boyfriend Sébastien. At the house they have rented, Sébastien's constant dancing and preening drives Luc crazy and so he heads to the beach, hoping to find some solitude.
There, he meets Lucia, who suggests for the two of them to have sex immediately. Luc obliges, perhaps also to find out if maybe he is heterosexual after all. During their encounter, Luc's clothes are stolen. After having sex Lucia learns that Luc is gay and has never been with a woman.
Lucia lends Luc her summer dress (hence the title of the piece), so he can go home by bike. Wearing a woman's dress improves Luc's mood as people whistle after him and he gets back a sense of freedom. Back at the house, Luc surprises Sébastien, and the two have passionate sex in the kitchen, with Sébastien referring to Luc as his "beautiful girl".
The next day, Luc brings Lucia, who is just leaving, back her summer dress, but she refuses, certainly knowing how important it will be in the sexual role play between the two men and then kisses Luc goodbye.
So, here is the full short movie. Beware-it's not porn, though it is French "arthouse"-so you might not want to watch it from the office. In which case, switch off after the singing..or whenever you feel the need to!
Hang on-a love of singing along to showtune sounding stuff, performing to the bf, the joy of a having a French boyfriend-yes, it's just another day in the life of mon C and I!