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Le petit amour (1988)

Kung-fu master! (original title)
R | | Drama | November 1989 (USA)
Mary-Jane asks, "Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?" She's divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 14, ... See full summary »

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Julien
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Lucy
Lou Doillon ...
Lou
Gary Chekchak ...
Un jeune
Cyril Houplain ...
Un jeune
Frank Laurent ...
Un jeune
Aurélien Hermant ...
Un jeune
Jérémie Luntz ...
Un jeune
Thomas Bensaïd ...
Un jeune
Pénélope Pourriat ...
Une jeune
Ninon Vinsonneau ...
Une jeune
Bégonia Leis ...
Une jeune
Eva Simonet ...
L'amie
Judy Campbell ...
La mère
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Mary-Jane asks, "Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?" She's divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 14, small and brassy, but she sees a sensitive side. She contrives to spend time with him and lets him know she's available to him. He's on the cusp between child and man, alternating between playing a video game, Kung Fu Master, where he tries to rescue Sylvie, and joining friends in bluff talk about sexual exploits. As Lucy realizes what is happening, she's repulsed, but Mary-Jane, encouraged by her own mother, carries on. Is it love or jealousy of lost youth? Is there any way this can end well? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He was 15. She was 40. Love is where you find it.

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Requiem for a long-lost youth
30 September 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A requiem for a long-lost youth begging to close the door on the past bereavements by tricking the ungainly mother living her lorn childhood dream; This time with the pure, yet infeasible love of a playful child.

Such doomed to failure passion for an immature boy seems to be incontrovertible to all the sane,mature beings, yet the irresistible temptation of being cherished and loved by someone after a long time, even for a small moment, makes the ill-fated adult mother blind to the consequences.

An uncanny story which which may choose to express itself simply and plainly, by not going too deep and remains at the surface with its characters, but still is satisfying,well-crafted and well-played.

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