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Love, Math and Sex (1997)

C'est la tangente que je préfère (original title)
Sabine, an adolescent girl with a gift for mathematics becomes involved with Jiri, a 40-something man-of-the-theatre from Prague. The story of their relationship and the gradual ... See full summary »

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Julie Delarme ...
Sabine
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Jiri
Marie-Christine Barrault ...
La prof de maths
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La mère de Sabine
Christophe Malavoy ...
Le père de Sabine
Suzie ...
Gabrielle
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La femme blonde
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Pétra la vérité
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La prof de sciences-nat
Maxime Lombard ...
Policier
Maurice Chevit ...
Jean-Pierre
Louis Navarre ...
Guy
Alix de Konopka ...
La voisine
Bernard Sens ...
Jan
Witold Heretynski ...
Petr
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Sabine, an adolescent girl with a gift for mathematics becomes involved with Jiri, a 40-something man-of-the-theatre from Prague. The story of their relationship and the gradual transformation of Sabine's life as a result of it. Written by Parisias

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I'd rather have cosine.
25 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

The title has a double meaning:the heroin likes tangent best because she's in love with maths.But her family is so wretched that she wants to make off (=prendre la tangente).

Nothing to get hung about though:the umpteenth story of young high school girl who falls in love with a forty-something brimming with Slavonic charm.Except for the numerous erotic scenes,that could fit the bill for such "nice" French made-for-TV series ,the likes of "Madame le Proviseur".Directing remains academic,and acting conventional,as far the two leads are concerned.

Interest lies elsewhere:Marie-Christine Barrault is very convincing as a generous maths teacher;Agnès Soral and mainly classy Malavoy are cast against type as two proles always fearing the bailiff.Too bad the relationship whizz kid heroine/ moronic parents is only skimmed over.

The dialogue,when it does not integrate maths in its lines remains trite and dull.But when the heroine says that her " derivative" turns negative that her lover is her "vector" or when she uses the probability in her father's problems it's pretty original.

If I remember well,the curve of the tangent function sometimes.tends towards infinity whereas the cosine one endlessly goes up and down:that's why I'd rather have cosine to describe this movie which fluctuates between bad and good.


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