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Just a Question of Love (2000)
"Juste une question d'amour" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 January 2000 (France)
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After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stéphan Guérin-Tillié ...
Cédric (as Stephan Guerin Tillie)
Eva Darlan ...
Emma
Caroline Veyt ...
Carole
Danièle Denie ...
Jeanne
Idwig Stephane ...
Pierre
Laurence César ...
Martine
Jean-Pierre Valère ...
Georges
Raphaëlle Lubansu ...
Noëlle (as Raphaëlle Bruneau)
Jean-Baptiste Lefèvre ...
Didier
Aurélie Godichal ...
Marine
Jonathan Fox ...
Alain
Marcel Dossogne ...
M. Bermand
Bruno Georis ...
Médecin Emma
Diego Vanhoute ...
Mathieu
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After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.

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Est-ce qu'on aime vraiment nos enfants autant qu'on le prétend?

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Pitanje Ljubavi  »

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Watched by 6.3 million viewers, a very high score (28.6% market share), when first shown in prime time (9 pm) on French public network France 2. In the following two weeks, the network only received three protest letters, while both male stars got more than two thousand letters of praise each. Reviews had also been widely enthusiastic. See more »

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Cédric: [after their first time] Scared I'd knock your lights out in the car?
Laurent: It was hardly likely!
Cédric: Really?
Laurent: Only a fag would be living with his mum at your age.
Cédric: You're a real prick.
[Laurent nods]
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18 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This powerful, humane, intelligent drama was made by, and appeared in prime time on, France 2. It received just three letters of protest along with thousands praising its astonishing young actors and their memorable story. Try to imagine such a positive, thoughtful film on American broadcast television; one simply about the impassioned relationship between two men. No one gets sick, beaten up, or dies. It's just a question of love.

Cyrille Thouvenin (so wonderful in another must-see, Confusion of Genders) stars as angry, frustrated, deeply-closeted Laurent. He is terrified to come out to his parents because they are so virulently homophobic. He witnessed his cousin's coming out: disowned, thrown out, and died without his family around him. Laurent lives in fear with his best friend Carole, who goes along with the fiction that she is his girlfriend for the benefit of his parents.

Then he meets Cedric (handsome and exceedingly sexy Stephan Guerin-Tillie), with whom Laurent has a college internship. After a rather combative start (neither young man is particularly adept at 'making friends'), sparks fly, and the two revel in a joyous fling as they discover love. The heat, happiness, and fervor they project is palpable, gratifying, and genuine.

The problem is that Cedric is up front about his sexuality and makes a huge deal about Laurent coming out; Laurent is truculent, defiant, and refuses to consider it. Carole is tired of the charade and has a love of her own to nurture. Everyone wants Laurent out, but he is immobilized. When Cedric's mother impulsively let's the cat out of the bag, Cedric and Laurent's private world falls apart. How they, their parents and friends, deal with the consequences forms the crux of the illuminating story.

This transcends being just another 'gay' film. It is about learning how to love. Gay, straight, old or young, all must learn. As for Laurent and Cedric, rarely has a simple "I love you" been uttered with more poignancy on film.


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