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My Twisted Valentine

jane birkin and Joe Dallesandro embrace and look into each other's eyes

For Valentine’s Day, an utterly original love story from French musical legend and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg.

In a flyblown, nondescript corner of the USA a garbage truck driver Krassky (Warhol Superstar Joe Dallesandro) pulls up at a remote diner. Behind the counter works the waifish, boyish-looking Johnny (Jane Birkin). The attraction is immediate, but there’s a problem: Krassky is gay and has a horribly volatile boyfriend in tow.

Attacked as immoral and scandalous on first release, Gainsbourg’s film has slowly achieved cult status in the intervening years, but still carries a strong transgressive charge. Neither has time dimmed its beauty: rarely have two people looked so good in tight vest tops as our leads, and their dancefloor kiss – to the infamously racy title song – is genuinely electric.

Look out for cameos from Gérard Depardieu, and Gainsbourg’s beloved dog, Nana.

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France 1976 Dir Serge Gainsbourg 89 min Digital presentation
Please note: contains explicit sex and nudity

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