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Foreign Student (1994)

R | | Drama | 29 July 1994 (USA)
A French football playing exchange student falls in love.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cal Cate
Zachary 'Zach' Gilmore
Rex Jennings
Howlin' Wolf (as Charles Dutton)
Sonny Boy Williamson
Anthony Herrera ...
Coach Mallard
Bob Child ...
David Long ...
Mr. Baldridge
Mrs. Baldridge
Assistant Coach
April's Father


Paris, 1955. Philippe Leclerc is overjoyed: he has just been granted the fellowship he applied for and he will be able to study for a year at the prestigious Asheland-Stuart University of Virginia. Once on the spot, he discovers how different the South of the USA is from his native France and the period of adjustment is no bed of roses, notably when he mistakes American football for soccer while playing a game and becomes the laughing stock of the college. Philip nonetheless gains the friendship of the captain of the team and gradually adapts to his new environment, discovering American literature through the lectures of a fascinating professor, rock and roll and jazz, among other things. A Southern belle, Sue Ann, falls for his French charm but, unfortunately for her, her love is unrequited and she breaks down nervously as a result. As for Philippe he falls madly in love with April, a beautiful Black domestic worker... Written by Guy Bellinger

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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bittersüße Küsse  »

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Written and Produced by Joe Mulherin
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it gets by on good acting, if nothing else
11 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

In the role of naive French student Phillipe, Marco Hofschneider(Immortal Beloved) is extremely likeable and convincing. His character is a French student who has come to a college in 1956 Virginia on exchange, to naturally find that everything if different. He wishes to play football, but gotten it mixed up with the European version, which results in quite a mishap. He also wishes to fraternize with the local colored citizens, particularly a housekeeper called April, whom he is madly in love with...but he sounds finds out that falling in love with people of another race is also something that's well, done differently in the United States. It's forbidden. Yet, while Phil may seem simple in some areas, even he knows to keep their love a secret, and that results for more scrapes and turmoil.

Forbidden love is always an interesting story, but not a very original one. Nevertheless, "Foreign Student" manages to avoid many cliches, and good performances by supporting players Rick Johnson, Edward Herrman, Charlotte Ross, and particularly Hofschneider make for a passably good film.

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