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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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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A masterly character study, 5 April 2002
Author: jandesimpson from United Kingdom

I am unable to escape the impression that French cinema has lost its way in recent years. So many examples I see are shallow and trite. A few of the old masters are still around. Chabrol was almost back on form with "La Ceremonie" (1995) and Rohmer can generally be called upon to delight, particularly with work as agreeable as "Conte d'Hiver" (1992). But what of the younger generation? Erick Zonca's "The Dream Life of Angels" (1998) was a work of masterly perception but it seems to be a one-off. However, although not on this level the films of Andre Techine are worth exploring. I did not much care for "Les Voleurs", a conventional heist film: "The Young Reeds", although infinitely more interesting, showed some signs of strain in its struggle to focus on a wide range of characters (Techine is no Edward Yang). However of his works I have so far seen I would commend "J'embrasse pas" as a welcome ray of light in the French darkness. Although, as in Techine's other work, there is still rather too much peripheral detail that does not always illumine the situation of the central character, there is no denying that this is a masterly study of a young country innocent who comes to Paris to make a career for himself, totally unaware of his intellectual and social limitations. In Manuel Blanc's Pierre we have one of the outstanding performances of French cinema. We are able to empathise with this young man to an extraordinary extent, so much so that our gradual understanding of his shortcomings is a process almost as slow as his. When he breaks down during an unsuccessful attempt to get into a stage character he is trying to portray we feel his humiliation deeply. Although Pierre is heterosexual his adoption of the role of a rentboy after this is all part of the process of the inevitable downward spiral. That he emerges from degrading experiences unbeaten and ready to take on Paris for a second time reveals that he has gained a certain strength if only through learning to posture. Psychologically it all rings terribly true.

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