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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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Mary-Jane
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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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Nostalgia for all the things of the past
6 August 2007 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

I undertook a time machine type ride heavily imbued with nostalgia when I saw this film in 2005.Kung Fu master directed by the unofficial grand mother of French new wave cinema Agnes Varda is as relevant in our contemporary times as it was 20 years ago in a not so distant past of 1987.It was a time of ubiquitous video games and all the unending worries,fears and anxieties related to a mysterious disease called AIDS. In this film it was nice to see some young French actors who ever since have nicely grown up such as Lou Doillon,Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mathieu Demy.The mystical Agnes Varda touch is very much evident and she takes her viewers on a tour of two different countries where our leading lady Jane Birkin has resided :England and France.Kung Fu master also contains in itself a puppy tale of juvenile love.In the hands of a less versatile director this would have been an absolute catastrophe but due to Agnes Varda's experience in handling such a complex tale of human emotions, what we get is one of the most personal wonderful statements of 21th Century on love.This is the only plausible reason for viewers to watch this film.


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