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The Fire That Burns (1997)
"La ville dont le prince est un enfant" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  7 March 1997 (France)
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Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.

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Complete credited cast:
Christophe Malavoy ...
L'abbé de Pradts
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Le père supérieur
Naël Marandin ...
Sevrais
Clément van den Bergh ...
Souplier
Pierre-Arnaud Juin ...
Habert
Pierre-Alexis Hollenbeck ...
Linsbourg
Michel Dussauze ...
Prial
Luc Levy ...
Homme de peine
Alain Gilbert ...
Surveillant de la cantine
Luc Denoux ...
Maître de chant
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Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.

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Subtle Drama about "Love"
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When it comes to an overall impression of this film, amid an organized story and compellingly emotional performances, it is still not absolutely satisfying, for it loses its grip when the film ends.

The story mainly depicts the relationships of two friends of quite an age difference and a priest in a strictly-run boarding school. It is a movie that takes the subtle approach when tackling sensitive topics. The film uses characters of difficult purposes and thoughts to discuss "love", and the difference between a healthy friendship and a improper one.

The subtlety sets in when ideas are sometimes expressed vaguely through the kind of talk you would expect from priests. The religious overtone veils the story as the plot nears its end, with relatively lengthy scenes of half-debate and half-reflection, bringing to movie to a closure. The ending is quite abrupt, though I account it challenging to end it any other way.

"The Fire that Burns" is along the lines of relationships and forbidden feelings, with religious overtones and philosophical as well as moral concerns. It is a simple story, but with an incredible depth of sentimental strength.


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