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Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987)
"L'ami de mon amie" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  15 July 1988 (USA)
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In Paris outskirts Blanche, a young clerk, befriends Lea, a girl livelier than she is. Lea is going steady with Fabien who is a friend to Alexandre who is going steady with Adrienne but is ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Emmanuelle Chaulet ...
Blanche
Sophie Renoir ...
Lea
Anne-Laure Meury ...
Adrienne
Eric Viellard ...
Fabien
François-Eric Gendron ...
Alexandre
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In Paris outskirts Blanche, a young clerk, befriends Lea, a girl livelier than she is. Lea is going steady with Fabien who is a friend to Alexandre who is going steady with Adrienne but is however loved by Blanche. Somehow a way has to be found to get out of this emotional chaos! Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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15 July 1988 (USA)  »

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Sixth in Eric Rohmer's series of Comedies et Proverbes. See more »

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Shock, horror: realistic relationships
26 October 1998 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

I am not a fan of Eric Rohmer. The pace of most of his films is very slow, they are full of dialogue, and often I react to his characters with a distinct desire to slap them in the face and shout "get a life!".

However, this one is different, it is a real gem. Yes, the pace is slow, yes the film is loaded with dialogue, but these characters are believable. We see relationships develop, new ones arriving on the scene and old ones being broken up. The drama is the drama of real life, the characters are ordinary (perhaps a bit better looking than ordinary) young people living in a Parisian suburb, there are no extraordinary things happening to them, just ordinary things. While Rohmer's story is realistic, it is still pleasantly realistic. It is just as romantically heart-warming as, say, While You Were Sleeping, but it does not have to force us to suspend our disbelief.

One piece of advice many people will fail to appreciate: if you are a non-French speaker, try to see this in a dubbed version, not a subtitled one! The dynamics and meaning of the dialogue in this film is much more important than the original sound, not to mention that subtitles could hardly keep up with this amount of dialogue.


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