Release date1 October 2008 (2008-10-01) WriterJosiane Balasko, Josiane Balasko (adaptation), Franck Lee Joseph (adaptation) CastJosiane Balasko (Irene), Isabelle Carré (Fanny), Nathalie Baye (Judith), Catherine Hiegel (Maggy), Eric Caravaca (Marco) Similar moviesLust, Caution, Desire, Shortbus, The Wolf of Wall Street, Cruel Intentions, Love
A French Gigolo or Cliente is a 2008 French drama film directed by Josiane Balasko and starring Nathalie Baye. It is based on "Cliente", the first novel written by Josiane Balasko, which was a big success.
Patrick is a male prostitute who hides his double life from his wife. When she finds out about his extramarital activities by answering his phone, she decides she will catch him in a hotel room with a client. At first offended by the behavior of her husband, she soon asks him to continue to be a male escort to help pay the bills. Patrick meets a female client, Judith, with whom they live out a complicated love story.
The movie was first introduced during the Rome Film Festival, in October 2008. The film was also screen at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival.