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Garçon stupide (2004)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 September 2005 (USA)
This coming-of-age drama deals with a young man, realizing who he really is and which things he will never do. Loic, 18 years old, being annoyed by his work in a chocolate factory, cruises ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Chatagny ...
Loïc
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Marie
Rui Pedro Alves ...
Rui
Khaled Khouri ...
(as Khaled Khoury)
Mikele D.
Hervé D.
Joëlle Rübli
Vincent Verselle
Laurent Guido ...
Guy in the Museum
Rachel Noël
Robin Harsch
Marianne Bruchez
Michel Rochat
Marlyse Bonvin
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This coming-of-age drama deals with a young man, realizing who he really is and which things he will never do. Loic, 18 years old, being annoyed by his work in a chocolate factory, cruises in the internet by night to have sex with older men. His life is turned upside down by a row of events such as his friendship to a man who is not just interested in his body and the suicide of his best friend... Written by fippi2000

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Garçon stupide  »

Box Office

Budget:

CHF 500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,336 (USA) (7 October 2005)

Gross:

$149,651 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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Trivia

Pierre Chatagny was originally looking for a position on the film's crew, when director Lionel Baier asked him to read for the part of Loïc. See more »

Quotes

Loïc: I don't know what I will be but I know what I won't be.
Loïc: I won't be anti-globalisation, nor march with the masses, nor cry "Kill Them", nor be a cop, nor sell out, nor be a hooligan, nor neutral, nor reasonable, nor a militant, nor a collaborator. I won't fuck everyone, nor create a family, sell ass, buy ass, have kids, fear the dark, love the dark, be a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, not believe in people, be like everyone, transparent, absent, not look women straight in the eye, fuck men rather...
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie no.1 en D mineur, op. 13
Interprété par le Philadelphia Orchestra, dirigé par Eugène Ormandy
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Sony Music Entertainment AG
© 1991 Sony Classical
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The Embryo of a Fine Film Defuses
25 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though most reviewers and viewers are putting this film down as a waste of time, this particular viewer sees many redeeming factors here that, given some further time in the editing room and a bit of script doctoring, could have resulted in a moving story.

Young Swiss filmmaker Lionel Baier has both written (with Laurent Guido) and directed with quasi-autobiographical story that explores the coming of age of a lower class young lad who seems destined to settle for being a hustler. Loic (first time actor Pierre Chatagny) works in an assembly line chocolate factory in Bulle, Switzerland and his only 'life' is provided through his internet activity meeting men for sex. His casual sexual encounters (rather graphically shown in the first portion of the film) are his only answer to relating to people until he meets Marie (Natacha Koutchoumov) with whom he rooms and bonds. Marie is bright and encourages Loic, uneducated and uninformed, to look up words he encounters- a simple but well-intended manner in which Loic can improve himself. He meets the older Lionel (played by the director Lionel Baier) who dangles before Loic's eyes the possibilities of finer things in life. Loic spends his idle hours with a digital camera and between his new interest in photography and his pursuing his 'basic' education, he begins to long for a life more significant than his brainless casual sex. He becomes friends with a soccer player and his son, loses his friendship with Marie when Marie finds a real lover, and ultimately Loic yearns to escape the life of the 'stupid boy' of the title and enters a dreamworld fantasy of something better.

Good ideas for a film here, but Baier seems to get sidetracked into artsy camera work, quasi-porno, and surrealistic moving lights and alpine scenery, and the film falters as a result. But there does seem to be some promise of a new filmmaker on the rise, This film may not be tolerated by some for various reasons, but for the adventurous spirits who are unafraid of a bit of male frontal nudity and sexual acting out, here are redeeming aspects to this little film that merit attention. Grady Harp


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