Crustacés et Coquillages

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Crustacés et coquillages
Theatrical release poster
Directed byOlivier Ducastel
Jacques Martineau
Produced byNicolas Blanc
Written byOlivier Ducastel
Jacques Martineau
StarringValeria Bruni Tedeschi
Jean-Marc Barr
Gilbert Melki
Jacques Bonnaffé
Édouard Collin
Romain Torres
Sabrina Seyvecou
Music byPhilippe Miller
CinematographyMatthieu Poirot-Delpech
Edited byDominique Galliéni
Distributed byBac Films
Release date
  • 12 February 2005 (2005-02-12) (Berlinale)
  • 30 March 2005 (2005-03-30) (France)
Running time
93 minutes
Budget€2.2 million[1]
Box office$2.4 million[1]

Crustacés et coquillages (translated into English as the punning Cockles and Muscles) also known as Côte d'Azur, is a 2005 French film directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau.


Marc has inherited the house of his late aunt on the Côte d'Azur and takes the family there on for their summer holiday, leaving their home in Paris. Charly, who has never had a girlfriend, is thought to be gay by his parents and Martin, who is gay, is also staying with them. Béatrix's lover Mathieu arrives in the village and manages to sneak opportunities to be with her. When Martin goes out one night to the local gay cruising area - an old fort on a nearby hillside - Charly follows him and meets Didier. After realising he isn't gay he calls Didier for help when the hot water stops working. Didier then meets Marc and they realise how much they missed each other from when Marc used to visit the area in his youth. Throughout everyone eats lots of fruits de mer, especially Sea Violets. At the end everyone sings a song called 'Fruits de Mer', each with their preferred partner.


Critical response[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 51% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 51 reviews, with an average score of 5.6/10. The site's consensus reads, "This listless, albeit sexually charged, French farce is too lightweight to make any impact despite its whimsical qualities.".[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 47 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Berlin International Film Festival Europa Cinemas Label Won
European Film Awards People's Choice Award for Best Actor Jean-Marc Barr Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Crustacés et coquillages". JP's Box-Office.
  2. ^ "Côte d'Azur - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  3. ^ "Cote d'Azur (2005): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-02-06.

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