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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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7 March 1997 (France)  »

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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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Unique, powerful perspective on a taboo subject
9 October 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A combination of Bad Education and Les Amities Particulieres in that it involves a triangle of two students at a religious boarding school in 1950's France and a priest who views the older one as a rival. That an older boy or a priest would love a boy is a subject not only tolerated but openly discussed, accepted, and philosophized about to a point that would be impossible in this day and age. It is truly remarkable in that respect.

One would think it would be a tender man who would fall in love with a boy, but the priest shows himself to be quite the emotional sadist. His straying from God's work is brought to light by the Superior who has been observing all along. How is it possible such a man could stray so far is something we are left wondering in an appropriately unsatisfying ending. It is nevertheless highly recommended.

Excellent performance by the older boy Sevrais (Nael Marandin) and the evil, boy-loving priest de Pradts (Christophe Malavoy).


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