Sex-shop (1972)
aka: Le Sex Shop
A film directed by Claude Berri

Genre: Comedy / Drama


Married two Isabelle and the father of two children, Claude is distressed when his small bookshop heads towards bankruptcy. Following the advice of a friend, he converts his shop into a sex-shop. Not only does Claude see a sudden improvement in his financial position (since the new shop is of course a massive success), he also feels liberated to liven up his own sex life...
© 2012

Film Review

Sex-shop is a French-German-Italian film comedy-drama first released in 1972, directed by Claude Berri. The film stars Jean-Pierre Marielle, Juliet Berto, Claude Berri, Francesca Romana Coluzzi and Jacques Martin. It has also been released under the title: Le Sex Shop.   It is a Renn Productions production, produced by Pierre Grunstein and distributed by United Artists. Location filming was in Paris, France.   The film was released with the tagline: "HILARIOUS send up of sex shops and pornography [Australia]."  

Our overall rating for Sex-shop is: mediocre - watchable, but not unless you have something better to do,

Other recommended films that have been directed by Claude Berri include: Mazel Tov ou le mariage (1969), Je vous aime (1980), Lucie Aubrac (1997) and Une femme de ménage (2002). The actor Jean-Pierre Marielle has also appeared in: Week-end à Zuydcoote (1964), 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971), Uranus (1990) and Le Parfum d'Yvonne (1994).

Other recommended comedy/drama films of the 1970s from France that you may want to consider are: Claude Miller's La Meilleure façon de marcher (1976), Michel Deville's Le Mouton enragé (1974), Bertrand Blier's Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978), Alain Tanner's La Salamandre (1971) and Louis Malle's Le Souffle au coeur (1971).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Claude Berri
  • Script: Claude Berri
  • Photo: Pierre Lhomme
  • Music: Serge Gainsbourg
  • Cast: Jean-Pierre Marielle (Lucien), Juliet Berto (Isabelle), Claude Berri (Claude), Francesca Romana Coluzzi (Lulu), Jacques Martin (Bernard), Claude Piéplu (L'officier), Béatrice Romand (Karin), Jacques Legras (Albert), Louisa Colpeyn (La belle-mère), Grégoire Aslan (Le père d'Isabelle), Jean Tissier ( la Grange), Catherine Allégret (Ginette), Juliette Mills (L'auteur), Elisabeth Volkmann (Muriel), Isabelle Ehni (Yvette), Xavier Fonty (Gilbert), Nathalie Delon (Jacqueline), Marlène Appelt (Ingrid), Herbert Fux (M. Henri), Sabine Glaser (Katty), Jean Gruault (Le comptable), Ada Lonati (La femme d'Albert), Pierre Louki (Le chef des salutistes), Jimmy Perrys (L'Empereur Marcel), Georges Staquet (Emile)
  • Country: France / West Germany / Italy
  • Language: French
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Aka: Le Sex Shop
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