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With one of their fathers recently deceased and the other hardly there, fate brings together fourteen-year-old Michelle, a young orphaned girl (Anicée Alvina) who has been taken in by her ... See full summary »

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With one of their fathers recently deceased and the other hardly there, fate brings together fourteen-year-old Michelle, a young orphaned girl (Anicée Alvina) who has been taken in by her cousin who doesn't want her, and fifteen-year-old Paul, an English boy (Sean Bury) studying in France and from a rich family, in a chance encounter at the zoo in Paris. Instant friends, the young couple flees Paris on impulse, and takes refuge in a tiny cottage owned by the girl's father in the Camargue near Arles in the South of France. With only each other and a growing love blossoming between them, they make a new life for themselves. Michelle gets pregnant, so they "get married" by simulating a ceremony, by following an actual wedding performed in the local church. It is just the pure innocence of youth that puts Paul and Michelle apart from the adults. Soon, a baby is born to them, with Paul acting as midwife with the know-how the couple picked up from reading a book on how babies are born that ... Written by Anonymous

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who needs the world when you own the moon and stars.

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29 October 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Amigos  »

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Lewis Gilbert made this smaller, more intimate film after working back-to-back on two big budget extravaganzas - You Only Live Twice (1967) and _The Adventurers_. See more »

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Michelle Latour: [Paul and Michelle have finished filling a steel bathtub with buckets of hot water from the fireplace - Paul is wearing nothing but his undershorts] Alright, you can get in now. Get in.
Paul Harrison: [Paul wants Michelle to leave the room] Would you go and fetch me the soap?
[Michelle goes, Paul undresses, backs into the bathtub. Michelle returns with a scrub brush and a bar of soap to bathe him]
Paul Harrison: I can do that.
Michelle Latour: No you can't.
Paul Harrison: [Michelle scrubs Paul's back vigorously] Hey, steady on.
Michelle Latour: You've got to be clean!
Paul Harrison: I'll be...
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Friends
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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Two teenagers run away to live in the Carmargue and become parents.
11 December 2003 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

This is a love story of chance and simple purity. There is nothing shocking about this film for love can blossom completely between two teenagers of 14 and 15, and while the law might state otherwise, emotions develop naturally. Two listless teenagers unhappy with their home lives, meet by chance in Paris and develop a casual friendship. One is an English boy (Sean Bury) studying in France and from a rich family. The other is a young girl (Anicée Alvina) whose parents are both dead and has been taken in by her cousin. On a sudden impulse the boy and girl run off to Arles where the girl's father owned a small house nearby. With just each other, the beautiful scenery of the Carmargue, and a growing love between them, they make a new life for themselves. Their simulated marriage ceremony, achieved by following an actual wedding in the local church, shows their acceptance of some of the rules of society. It is just the unencumbered innocence of youth that puts them apart from the adults. Soon a baby is born to them, with the boy acting as midwife without any outside help. Everything is idyllic until the police finally locate the boy's whereabouts.....


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