Baptiste is settled down with a girlfriend but upon meeting drag queen Cookie Kunty his life turns upside down in the charming French film ‘Three Nights a Week’ (‘Trois nuits par semaine’).
Baptiste (Pablo Pauly) is very charming, handsome and with a great smile (Pauly has a face made for the big screen) who by day works as a manager at the French electronics store Fnac and takes photographs as a hobby. His girlfriend Samia (Hafsia Herzi) works the streets (no not that way) as an HIV prevention counsellor. One evening Baptiste tags along with Samia on her night shift to test people for HIV and they encounter a few fabulous drag queens including Cookie Kunty (a very good Romain Eck). Baptists is instantly mesmerised with Cookie Kunty and asks to take more photos of her. Which drag queen would say no to him?
But as they spend more and more time with each other, Baptiste’s feelings for Cookie Kunty turn from professional to personal, and he gets torn between Kunty and his loyal girlfriend Samia. But Kunty is more focused on an upcoming drag contest instead of getting involved in new relationship, so both Baptiste and Kunty have to make hard decisions as to which direction they want to go, and especially Baptiste who also still loves his girlfriend.
Director Florent Gouelou presents us a love story that is immediately believable, and draws us into the world of Paris drag queens the minute they appear on screen. ’Three Nights a Week,’ which has echoes of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Dessert,’ is a charming romantic love story made all the better by the excellent performances, and a great script by Raphaëlle Valbrune-Desplechin.
‘Three Nights a Week’ was the opening film at the Venice Film Festival