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The Fire That Burns (1997)

La ville dont le prince est un enfant (original title)
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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Cast

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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The Fire That Burns  »

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Naël Marandin, appearing in the film as the older boy, had previously performed in the stage version in the role of the younger boy. See more »

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95 minutes of pure tedium!
9 August 2014 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

This is one of those badly made films that pretends to be about something (what, I don't know), but ends up being a tedious, bloated boor. In fact, the last 20 minutes of the 'film' are taken up by a dialog between 2 priests in which neither says anything of any interest to anyone. Yes, the central story is about a gay 'friendship' between 2 boys, but with no explanation as to why there is any attraction between the two. Yes there is a kiss between the two, but that's the only bit of physical contact. And of course, all the priests are pedophiles (not gay) which is the only realistic thing about this film and pseudo-sadists. And there is, mercifully, no mention of god or Christ or religion, even though this is a film about a Catiolic boys' school. And, unfortunately the two adult actors are quite poor. All in all this is a scattered, nihilistic, extremely dull mess of a film with little, if anything to recommend it. Don't waste your time.


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