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The Apprentices (1995)

Les apprentis (original title)
Black comedy about two best friends, one a budding playwright and the other a motorbike freak, who spend their time annoying their girlfriends and getting into various scrapes. Things turn ... See full summary »

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Antoine
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Fred
Judith Henry ...
Sylvie
Claire Laroche ...
Agnes
Philippe Girard ...
Nicolas
Bernard Yerlès ...
Patrick
Jean-Pol Brissart ...
Karate Magazine Editor
Blandine Pélissier ...
Estate Agent
Jean-Michel Julliard ...
Doctor
Maryvonne Schiltz ...
Fred's mother
Claude Aufaure ...
Fred's father
Hélène Roussel ...
Antione's mother
Marie Riva ...
Woman in Flat 48
Philippe Duquesne ...
Man in Flat 48
Agathe Lepicard ...
Child in flat 48
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Black comedy about two best friends, one a budding playwright and the other a motorbike freak, who spend their time annoying their girlfriends and getting into various scrapes. Things turn nasty, however, when the pair are caught burgling the offices of a karate magazine, the consequences of which sends the playwright into a spiraling bout of depression. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Galeres?.. Embrouilles?.. Angoisses? Rencontrez de vrais professionnels!!!

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Written by Philippe Eidel
Performed by Lucilla Galeazzi
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Simply brilliant
5 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

The dialogue in this film is hilarious, the acting is superb, and the plot is intelligently constructed. There are no narrative gimmicks - these two mates are normal lads, not drug-addled, not abused by their parents, not victims of horrible fate, prejudice or a miscarriage of justice. This simplicity, coupled with its power to move solely on the development of character, is why the film is so effective. They are losers, of course, but then again who isn't nowadays? Antoine dreams of a nice house complete with nice family and literary career, Fred dreams about combustion engines. They are different, and although it is never directly said by either character, it is clear that their friendship is real and strong. Hollywood would have them opening their hearts either to each other or to some teacher or father figure, but Salvadori is more subtle than that. Their problems are manifest, but never shoved down our throats. What makes this film even more memorable, however, is its ability to make you laugh. Not only is the dialogue clever and just like the stuff you and your mates come out with, but there are also fantastic visual gags, some great set-pieces, and humour emanating from Antoine's withering state of mind (the best being his miserable crossword puzzle clues). I saw this film by accident and it is probably my favourite film, a surprise that will stay with me forever. And it doesn't rely on a pumping, modern soundtrack to keep it alive.


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