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Come Undone -- Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets C�dric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys.

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7 June 2000 (France) See more »
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Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Well-intentioned story of sexual awakening See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jérémie Elkaïm ... Mathieu (as Jeremie Elkaïm)
Stéphane Rideau ... Cédric (as Stephane Rideau)
Marie Matheron ... Annick
Dominique Reymond ... La mère

Laetitia Legrix ... Sarah
Nils Öhlund ... Pierre
Réjane Kerdaffrec ... La psychiatre (as Rejane Kerdaffrec)
Guy Houssier ... Le père de Cédric
Violeta Ferrer ... La mère de Pierre
Robert Darmel ... Le patron du café
Charline Levaque ... L'aide soignante
Sarah Reyjasse ... La vendeuse de gaufres

Eric Savin ... Le copain d'Annick
Gildas Chotard ... Le videur
Maxence Rabret ... Le petit garçon de la plage
Michel Angely
Jean-Louis Aoustin
Jean Arrighi
Christian Chapuis
Jérôme Delouis (as Jerome Delouis)

Valérie Donzelli (as Valerie Donzelli)
Marine Jaffrezic
Viviane Jourdan
Salim Kechiouche
Myriam Moszko
Christophe Rabret
Christophe Rouxel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne-Sophie Bozon ... Figurant
Marie-Claire Durand ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Sébastien Lifshitz 
 
Writing credits
Sébastien Lifshitz  &
Stéphane Bouquet 

Produced by
Cécile Amillat .... producer
Jean-Christophe Colson .... producer
Marion Hänsel .... associate producer
Christian Tison .... producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Perry Blake 
 
Cinematography by
Pascal Poucet 
 
Film Editing by
Yann Dedet 
 
Production Design by
Roseanna Sacco 
 
Set Decoration by
Sophie Segreto 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Mehu 
 
Makeup Department
Sylvy Ferrus .... makeup artist
Isabelle Nyssen .... makeup artist
Manuela Taco .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Cécile Amillat .... production manager
Jean-Christophe Colson .... production manager
Laurent Perreau .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphane Chemin .... assistant director (as Stephane Chemin)
Patricia Guyotte .... assistant director
Philippe Thiollier .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Cyril Holtz .... re-recording mixer
Quentin Jacques .... sound
Carole Verner .... sound editor
Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominique Degand .... key grip
Michel Foropon .... gaffer
Jean-Philippe Gosselin .... electrician
Jean-Claude Moireau .... still photographer
Etienne Saldés .... Steadicam operator
 
Other crew
Karen Waks .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Presque rien" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity and language (cut)
Runtime:
98 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Cédric:I want you to stay. You hear me? I want you to stay with me.
[Mathieu does not respond]
Cédric:So, it didn't mean anything?
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Soundtrack:
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What is Annick's relation to Mathieu?
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Well-intentioned story of sexual awakening, 26 February 2005
Author: Libretio

PRESQUE RIEN

(USA: Come Undone /UK: Almost Nothing)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

While visiting his sick mother in Brittany during summer recess, a teenage boy (Jérémie Elkaïm) falls in love with a local youth (Stéphane Rideau), but their relationship falters as Elkaïm is cut adrift from all that was once familiar to him, with near-tragic consequences.

Sébastien Lifshitz's intimate drama chronicles the sexual awakening of a naive teenager over the course of an idyllic summer, recounted in piecemeal fashion as the director cuts abruptly between timeframes, from Elkaïm and Rideau's love affair to the former's subsequent hospitalization following an off-screen suicide attempt, rendered 'naturalistic' by hand-held camera-work and some improvized dialogue exchanges in key scenes. The results are confusing, to say the least: Just as the boys begin to strike out from their families and forge a life for themselves, Elkaïm slips into depression (why?) and appears to reject Rideau (why?), after which he goes looking for him again, only to find solace in unexpected quarters.

Anyone hoping for a rose-tinted love story will come away feeling more than a little disappointed, though Lifshitz refuses to compromise the sexual aspects of his own screenplay (co-written with Stéphane Bouqet): Elkaïm and Rideau are completely nude in several sequences, and there's a memorable, full-on sex session amongst the sand dunes which should satisfy all but the most ardent porn-watcher. But the boys' attachment is complicated by their relationship with their respective families, especially Elkaïm, who feels unable to declare his burgeoning sexuality because of a recent tragedy which has driven his father away and confined his mother to her sick-bed. Sad, complex and not a little frustrating, the movie works its magic in quiet ways, but it's a little too cold and dispassionate to satisfy all tastes.

Nicely produced on a modest budget, the film also stars Dominique Reymond, Marie Matheron and Laetitia Legrix as the three women in Elkaïm's life (mother, aunt and sister, respectively), along with Nils Ohlund as one of Rideau's former boyfriends, who figures heavily in the narrative's closing stages. The two leads are fine in difficult roles, and both have become iconic figures in European gay cinema: Rideau starred in such well-regarded Queer movies as WILD REEDS (1994), FULL SPEED (1996), TRANSFIXED (1997), SITCOM (1998) and THREE DANCING SLAVES (2003), while Elkaïm - who looks like a Bel Ami porn beauty - also appears in the gay-themed drama YOU'LL GET OVER IT (2002) as the love object of handsome Julien Baumgartner (SEXY BOYS). Director Lifshitz made his feature debut with the French TV production LES TERRES FROIDES (1999) following a series of short films with Queer themes, and his latest entry is WILD SIDE (2004), another perceptive exploration of omnisexual angst.

(French dialogue)

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