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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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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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Poised, beautiful movie
1 May 2012 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is a small, slow-paced, poised, beautiful movie only the French can make. Of course, the old buildings, paint-flaking doors, and the sounds of the French language help to set the tone.

It is about childhood and priesthood, friendship and love, honesty and lack of malice, and how a religious, heterosexist culture can mess them up. It is worth watching even if you don't buy the whole catholic/theological argumentation (I don't).

It also alludes to the oft-pointed fact that the Church - while despising same-sex love/sex - has been a safe haven for those God-fearing individuals who cannot act/feel otherwise.

Enjoy!


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