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I Don't Kiss -- Naive and innocent, Pierre has dreams of becoming an actor. However, in his acting class, he discovers that he is not talented, and his dream of becoming an actor grows dim. Instead, he becomes a sex worker.


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20 November 1991 (France) See more »
I'll do almost anything for money. ...but I don't kiss.
A young man leaves his native town in southern France to discover Paris. Being too unexperienced and too naive... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Philippe Noiret ... Romain

Emmanuelle Béart ... Ingrid

Manuel Blanc ... Pierre Lacaze
Hélène Vincent ... Evelyne
Ivan Desny ... Dimitri
Christophe Bernard ... Le Mac

Roschdy Zem ... Saïd
Raphaëline Goupilleau ... Mireille
Michèle Moretti ... Professeur d'art dramatique
Philippe Adam ... Professeur d'art dramatique
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Le client au bois
Paulette Bouvet ... La mère d'Evelyne
Kleber Bouzzone
Valery Caucigh
Serge Caytan
Jean-Daniel Delrieux
Jacques Goujon
Martine Grimbert
Frank Kirson
Clotilde Le Grand
Marc Lemasson
Max McCarthy
David Nalepka
Jorge Pereira
Françoise Pont
David Rouvelou
Xavier Schliwanski
Nathalie Schmidt ... Marguerite, assistante de Romain
Arnaud Simon
Guillaume Vial
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grégory Herpe ... Le Bel Etudiant (uncredited)

Directed by
André Téchiné 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isabelle Coudrier-Kleist  contributing writer
Michel Grisolia 
Jacques Nolot  screenplay
Jacques Nolot  story
André Téchiné 

Produced by
Maurice Bernart .... producer
Alain Centonze .... executive producer
Jean Labadie .... producer
Jacques-Eric Strauss .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Edith Vassart 
Production Design by
Vincent Mateu-Ferreur 
Costume Design by
Claire Fraisse 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Legay .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Jacques Albert .... production manager
Didier Carrel .... assistant unit manager
Catherine Chouridis .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Didier Carrel .... assistant director
Didier Charles .... trainee assistant director
Philippe Landoulsi .... assistant director
Michel Nasri .... second assistant director
Catherine Puertas .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist
Jean-Luc Marino .... assistant sound editor
Jean-Louis Ughetto .... sound
Claude Villand .... sound
Special Effects by
Philippe Hubin .... special effects
Cécile Pitel .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Gros d'Aillon .... still photographer
Aleksander Kaufmann .... assistant camera
Jeanne Lapoirie .... camera operator
Casting Department
Jacques Grant .... casting coordinator
Editorial Department
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Music Department
Hubert Bougis .... orchestrator
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Other crew
Michèle Andreucci .... script supervisor
Vincent Mateu-Ferreur .... decoration
Cécilia Mignon .... administrator
Florence Ridoux .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"J'embrasse pas" - France (original title)
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France:115 min | Japan:107 min (cut version) | Argentina:115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Young man on the stroll, 1 January 2009
Author: Bob Taylor ( from Canada

The release last year of a DVD 4-Pack of Téchiné films allows us to look at the early work of a prominent director. J'embrasse pas traces the progress of young Pierre from small town in the South-West of France to hospital job and acting lessons in Paris, followed by prostitution and a brutal beating by the pimp of the girl he falls for. Along the way, he meets some people who try to guide him in the right direction, principally Romain, an aging TV intellectual, and Évelyne, a fortyish spinster whose neurosis serves to scare Pierre away from her.

Psychology was never Téchiné's strong suit; you can ask "why did he do that" many times over the two hours, but the camera work is always evocative--the Bois de Boulogne never looked more attractive, whether by day or night--the locales well-chosen--the tranny bar is great--and the actors give fine performances, particularly Noiret as the gay man desperate for a son and Hélène Vincent as the desperate spinster. The ending works if you don't take Pierre at his word.

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