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
who needs the world when you own the moon and stars.
29 October 1971 (West Germany)
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Out there there's not a sound to be heard, / And the seasons seem to sleep upon their words, / As the waters freeze up with the summer's end. / Oh, it's funny how young lovers start as friends. / Yes, it's funny how young lovers start as friends.
Referenced in A Time to Love
Written by Elton John
and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John See more