Oui, mais... (2001)

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Attracted but also frightened by her sexuality, a teenage girl undergoes a brief therapy with a warm, humorous and competent psychotherapist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eglantine Laville
Erwann Moenner - the psychotherapist
Alix de Konopka ...
Denise Laville
Sébastien 'Seb' Douglas
Vanessa Jarry ...
Patrick Bonnel ...
André Laville
Stéphane Szestak ...
Ahmed Guedayia ...
Gaëtan Fauchoix ...
Cédric Michel ...
Aurélie Babled ...
Pierre Bianco ...
Prof d'Anglais
Sylvie Jobert ...
Prof de Maths
Martine Gautier ...
Amie Denise Laville
Xavier De Guillebon ...
Mr. Chanteau


At age 17, Eglantine is troubled by a number of things. Her argumentative parents comprise an absentee and philandering father and an overprotective, occasionally alcoholic mother. Her boyfriend Sébastien is a couple of years older; he's ready, but she isn't. Frequent furtive visits to her therapist help her to see that these issues are not 'problems', but 'difficulties', which she has the strength to overcome. Written by David Carless

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18 April 2001 (France)  »

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Yes, But...  »

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Eglantine Laville: You don't have an alcoholic mother and an absent father.
Moenner, the psychotherapist: You're right, I don't know how it is. I was lucky. I had a hysterical mother and several unfit fathers. Want to switch?
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A Masterpiece! Bring it to the US!
3 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When I entered the title, I couldn't believe that "Oui, Mais..." hadn't received ten stars. I was recently at a French Film festival where I had the privilege of seeing this masterpiece, and I loved it! It shows therapy in a positive light, as less of a last resort, and rather as a way to prevent problems before they start by seeking within yourself for solutions. It reveals many bad habits of blame and self pity we have, and how they we can unintentionally hurt our relations with others. It also carries a positive message of the ability of an individual to take their lives into their own hands and turn it in their favor. Don't get me wrong, "oui, mais.." isn't just about life lessons. It's an enthralling, beautiful film that is also insightful. In today's commercial hollywood, a film this good and this meaningful is a rare find. The protagonist, Egalantine, is a highschool girl who is at a important point in her life. She faces sexual pressure from her boyfriend, responsibility and guilt from her mother (who is in an unhappy marriage), as well as self-induced stress. The movie is about her quest for balance and meaning in her life as she enters adulthood, and Yves Lavandier does an excellent job! By the end, Egalantine has gained self-esteem, has experienced sex as a beautiful, precious experience, and has washed her hands of her mother's personal problems. It was a very satisfying ending, as the audience felt as if they had been tackling the obstacles with Egalantine. I definitely came out of the movie feeling victorious. Overall, an excellent film! Go see it if you are able! And if any American film people are reading this, please consider bringing "oui, mais..." to the american market. I know my friends will love it just as much as I did!

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