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The Man I Love (1997)
"L'homme que j'aime" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  5 December 1997 (France)
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This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Michel Portal ...
Lucas
Marcial Di Fonzo Bo ...
Martin
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Lise
Vittoria Scognamiglio ...
Rose
Jacques Hansen ...
Père de Lucas
Stéphane Lévêque ...
Mathieu
Karim Lounis ...
Pablo
Bernard Nissile ...
Millau
Bruno Bonomo ...
Prêtre
Stéphane Giusti ...
Jérôme
Benjamin Sanchiarelli ...
Enfant aux fleurs
Serguei Tourountsev ...
Doublure plongeon
Nedjib Djebarri ...
Enfant piscine 1
Louis Philippe Lopez ...
Enfant piscine 2
Elisabeth Giusti ...
Infirmière Martin 1
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This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties, the bitter-sweet pleasures of first love and the dreadful moment when one comes down to reality and realizes that one's beloved friend has a hard way to go yet. The positive message the film tries to transmit is the somewhat common motto "Live each day of your life as if it were your last." Written by Guy33134

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Quality gay-themed cinema
29 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the age of 55, I've spent my entire life in the USA and have rarely had occasion to view any "foreign" films. In seeking out gay-themed films to watch in recent months, I've discovered that the majority of those generally rated most highly by voters on this site aren't made here (in the USA), and so consequently, fully half of the films I've watched are European-made.

For me, most of these films suffer from three faults: (1) They tend to me far too "preachy." It feels like every scene is trying to demonstrate some important lesson in life, making the movies seem more like a classroom on the big screen rather than entertainment.

(2) The dialogue, even when it's not attempting to teach me something, is awkward and forced. People just don't talk that way; the conversations are always so unnatural that they come across being emotionless, and I don't don't feel emotion in the characters, there really is no point for my being in the movie theater.

(3) The story line is of little or no consequence, since all of the emphasis is given to making a point (see item 1). As a result, I rarely develop any interest in these films.

This movie was an exception to all of the above. Oh, you still do get banged over the head with some commentary on life's little failings, but only softly, and the dialogue could be warmed up and made more believable here and there, and now and then you want to scream at the way Lucas treats Martin or vice-versa - making them look a bit like cold fish, but those momentary lapses didn't seriously impede my enjoyment of the movie.

On the whole, I can happily recommend this movie to others like me for whom an emotionally interesting and involving story-line is the #1 consideration for enjoying a movie.


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