Adolescent French suburban lower-middle-class nerd Marc Morel was happy being the teacher's pet and school representative in a Latin competition. Until he meets and instantly falls in love ... See full summary »
Adolescent French suburban lower-middle-class nerd Marc Morel was happy being the teacher's pet and school representative in a Latin competition. Until he meets and instantly falls in love with fatherless semi-illiterate shop clerk and ditto-daughter Martine Pérez. As his overbearing father Robert feared, stripling hormones run wild at the expense of academic future-building, but paternal authority is overruled by 'young love', which even yields peer-acceptance. Cool big brother Christian, a photographer, tries a more understanding approach, but even that runs into trouble. Written by
In the France of 1950/60, a young boy falls in love with a girl hardly older than him. His parents wouldn't let this affair go...
A very nice and worth-seeing movie. It 's a "first love" story, but the core is about the conflict between the dreams and illusions of adolescence opposed to the compromises and frustrations of mature age. The original title was "The Profanation" ; and definitely the story is how a pure love between young boy and girl will be "profanated", destroyed by parents whose rules and morality cannot accept (in the France of the 60's) that "too young" fellows might have a love affair and sleep together. The whole film is very sensitive and delicate, opposing the "square" parents of the boy (Michel Galabru is just great) to the girl's mother, a divorced woman whose freedom and open-mind are very badly regarded by the neighborhood. There is also a very fine relationship between the young boy and his elder brother, a press photograph who will betray his dreams and compromise with "real life" in a rather tough way. An excellent surprise, since I don't think that either the actors nor the director became particularly known. The soundtrack by French artist Maxime Le Forestier is worth listening, too.
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