The Ostrich Has Two Eggs


Time Out says

'My wife's cheating on me, my son's got a boyfriend... Vive la famille!' ironises Fresnay in the gruff bark he favoured for comedies. This adaptation of a play by André Roussin (who also fancied himself as an actor) has zero entertainment value or cinematic interest, but it remains significant sociologically for having, mid-century, a leading character who is gay and sympathetic. Not only that, but the traditional 'heavy' figures (e.g. the womanising younger brother) all accept Lolo's gayness and try to help him; even Dad comes around when one of his son's frock designs wins a big cash prize. Who plays this phenomenon? No one. In a virtuoso job of construction, Lolo is kept off-screen from start to finish, evidently on the calculation that audiences would be more inclined to accept an abstract sympathetic gay. Still, as incremental progress goes, this counted as a moderate increment.

By: BBa


Release details

82 mins

Cast and crew

Denys de la Patellière
Frédéric Grendel, Denys de la Patellière, Shervan Sidery, André Roussin
Pierre Fresnay
Simone Renant
Georges Poujouly
André Roussin
Yoko Tani
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