7.0/10
1,579
13 user 1 critic

Noce blanche (1989)

A teacher of philosophy encounters a complicated pupil; a seventeen year old girl who possesses quite a cynical view of the world. He attempts to help her focus on her studies, but soon ... See full summary »
Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Élisa (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This drama depicts the misery of neglected children in big cities. 13 years old Bruno is of a good family, but since the death of his grandmother he spends most of his time alone, in a ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Bruno Cremer, François Négret, Vincent Gasperitsch
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Stanislas Merhar, Raphaële Godin, Emile Abossolo M'bo
À l'aventure (2008)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A sexually unsatisfied young woman decided to pursue various sexual experiments and scenarios.

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Carole Brana, Arnaud Binard, Nadia Chibani
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor,... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frédéric Pfluger
Céline (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

At 22, Céline receives several shocks: her father dies and she learns she was adopted; she rejects her inheritance, so her fiancé jilts her. She's suicidal. A nurse sees her weeping in ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Isabelle Pasco, María Luisa García, Danièle Lebrun
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wife's death & occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Virginie Legeay, Claude Morel, Lise Bellynck
Un jeu brutal (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A strict father imposes impossible guidelines on his disabled daughter which reflect his secret, tortured life.

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Bruno Cremer, Emmanuelle Debever, María Luisa García
L'ange noir (1994)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Sylvie Vartan, Michel Piccoli, Tchéky Karyo
Homem Comum (2015)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Carlos Nader
Stars: Nilson de Paula, Jane, Liciane
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A filmmaker (van den Driessche) holds a series of boundary-pushing auditions for his project about female pleasure.

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Frédéric van den Driessche, Maroussia Dubreuil, Lise Bellynck
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Mathilde Tessier
...
François Hainaut
Ludmila Mikaël ...
Catherine Hainaut
François Négret ...
Carpentier
Jean Dasté ...
Le concierge
Véronique Silver ...
La conseillère d'éducation
Philippe Tuin ...
Le surveillant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Gabaston
Arnaud Goujon
Agnès Lemercier ...
(as Jenny Feeling)
Benoît Muracciole
Edit

Storyline

A teacher of philosophy encounters a complicated pupil; a seventeen year old girl who possesses quite a cynical view of the world. He attempts to help her focus on her studies, but soon becomes fascinated by her. They fall passionately in love. When the teacher is forced to choose between her and his Wife, complications ensue when the Girl refuses to accept his decision.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 November 1989 (France)  »

Also Known As:

White Wedding  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Mathilde Tessier: I like you.
Mathilde Tessier: Because you're like me.Alone.
François Hainaut: Why do you say that?I have a wife,friends,students...
Mathilde Tessier: *laughs*
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Well-made French film, but somewhat of an implausible middle-age male fantasy
11 February 2012 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Vanessa Paradis is most famous today as American superstar Johnny Depp's longtime girlfriend, but she is also a FRENCH actress, which means she, of course, she has an early role where she plays a nubile teen in love with a middle-aged man. The French penchant for drooling over beautiful teenage girls may be annoying to some, but is it really worse than the American/Hollywood penchant for pretending they're NOT drooling over the beautiful teenage girls that seem to find their way into every other movie somewhere? But really there is no "eew" factor here--there are no on-camera sex scenes between the man and the girl, and 17 or not, a few shots of a naked Vanessa Paradis are not going to make ANYONE go "eew".

The bigger problem with these French "lolita" movies is the plausibility. Middle-age men don't generally date teenage girls, not because they find them icky and physically unappealing, but because they're very rarely as worldly and sophisticated as the fictional nymphets in these French movies. Moreover, even in France very few girls that age are probably too interested in ennui-filled men old enough to be their spry young grandfathers. It's actually understandable that the married middle-aged philosophy teacher in this movie would fall in love with his brilliant but troubled student since she is absolutely beautiful (clothed and unclothed) and wise beyond her years. But Paradis' character is supposed to be this streetwise urchin who has dabbled in prostitution in the past, and it is a little hard to believe she'd fall madly, obsessively in love with a fifty year man just because he shows her some kindness. (Also, while 17 may not get you twenty in a French bastile, I'm pretty sure it would get you kicked out of the teaching profession).

Paradis is indeed pretty good in this (although she would be better playing another troubled teenager a few years later in "Elisa"). And this movie is definitely well-made with some memorable scenes of sad beauty. It still remains somewhat of a middle-age male sex fantasy however, which doesn't make it at all distasteful, but does make it somewhat implausible.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?