LIKE A DIRTY FRENCH NOVEL (2021) Preview of grindhouse noir flick



Like a Dirty French Novel is a 2021 American grindhouse noir film about a flirty phone operator, odd twins and a cosplaying femme fatale.

Produced, directed, edited by and co-starring Mike Cuenca (I’ll Be Around: Side A and Side B; By the Wayside; Jerry Powell & the Delusions of Grandeur) from a screenplay co-written with Dan Rojay, based on a story co-written by Mike Cuenca, Ashlee Elfman and Dan Rojay.

The Blvd. Du Cinema Productions movie also stars Jennifer Daley, Miles Dougal, Brittany Samson, Amanda Viola and Grant Moninger.



This is the fourth feature by director Mike Cuenca. The movie was shot during one week at the end of October/beginning of November 2020. Cuenca had ideas for the story since his teens (a good twenty years). The story was fleshed out alongside Oblivion collaborator Ashlee Elfman and frequent collaborator Dan Rojay.

Dan Rojay and Cuenca proceeded to write the screenplay during quarantine with the intent of shooting it on the fly and without a budget. The film stars frequent Cuenca associates and with a portion of the cast being of Cuban origin.

Release date:

Like a Dirty French Novel will have its world premiere at the 2021 Dances with Films festival being held at the Chinese Theaters in Hollywood on August 28, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Jennifer Daley … Crystal
Miles Dougal … Nelson
Brittany Samson … Esma
Amanda Viola … Lane
Mike Cuenca … Filmore Demille
Grant Moninger … Forester Dooley / Bugs Dooley
Laura Urgelles … The Caller
Claire Woolner … Lead Halloween Robber
Robby Valls … Hue
Dan Rojay … Evan / Scared Robber / Demon
Julie Pepin … Skeptic Eccentrix Phone Operator (voice)
Dominic Fawcett … Space Avenger
Joey Halter … Moe
Steven Escot … Goblin Robber / Hypochondriac
Giovanni Marks … Liquor Store Owner
Arko Miro … The Evil
Aaron Bustos … Jake Romero
Samantha Nelson … Janine Dooley

Technical details:

78 minutes
Colour and black and white