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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grégori Baquet ...
Paul (as Gregori Baquet)
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Agnès
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Emeline
Arthur Jugnot ...
Chouquet
Salim Kechiouche ...
Éva Darlan ...
Mme Chouquet (as Eva Darlan)
Lakshantha Abenayake ...
Le journaliste incarcéré
Yasmine Belmadi ...
Ouvrier flash-back 1
Jacques Collard ...
Un invité
Jo Prestia ...
Le chef de chantier
Jamal Hadir ...
Le frère de Mécir
Gilbert Desveaux ...
Un professeur
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L'entraîneur de water-polo
Adan Jodorowsky ...
L'étudiant start-up (as Adam Jodorowsky)
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Paul and Agnes have been going out for quite a while and Agnes is shocked to learn that he'd rather live with two roommates on campus than move in with her. As soon as he meets one of his roommates, Louis-Anault, Paul's behavior changes - he is attracted to Louis without realizing so himself. Agnes, on the other hand, gets quite jealous and offers a bet: Whoever gets to have Louis-Anault first, wins... If she does, Paul will no longer explore his homosexual desires, if he does - she'll walk away. Meanwhile, Paul meets Mecir, a young Arab worker, who shows him there's more to life than elite colleges... Written by Wolfgang Schmitt

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Grande École - Sex ist eine Welt für sich  »

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Nostalgic look on sexual desire
12 December 2005 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

There's a touch of Rohmer in "Grande Ecole". Characters, set in unglamorous, surburban spaces, are just a little too intent and penetrating to be real. Their emotions are simple, yet surprisingly delicate. They experience no jealousy or revenge, but desire, self-doubt and tenderness. Like Rohmer's, Salis' movies feel too nostalgic and sweet to be topical, and that aestheticism is put to the use of tolerance and humanism. Sex scenes for example are remarkable. Homo- and heterosexual love become comparable because Salis makes caressing and enticing the cornerstone of every sexual encounter. The movie however becomes overtly theatrical towards the end, and does not tune in with the closure that Rohmer would have gone for. Salis resolves conflicts, by now difficult to disentangle, only by confusing the viewer to a point of no return and settling for the beauty of seeing all characters reunited finally, if not in the movie, at least on the screen: him and her, and him and her, and him.


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