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La belle personne (2008)

 -  Drama  -  6 March 2009 (USA)
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Sixteen-year old Junie changes high school mid-year, following the death of her mother. She finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias, who introduces her to his friends. All the... See full summary »

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Nemours
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Junie
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Otto
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ...
Matthias
Simon Truxillo ...
Henri
Agathe Bonitzer ...
Marie
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Catherine
Valérie Lang ...
Florence Perrin
Jacob Lyon ...
Jacob
Jean-Michel Portal ...
Estouteville
Martin Siméon ...
Martin
Chantal Neuwirth ...
Nicole - la patronne du café Sully
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louka Anargyros
Thomas Anargyros
Gabriel Attal
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Sixteen-year old Junie changes high school mid-year, following the death of her mother. She finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias, who introduces her to his friends. All the boys want to date Junie, and she chooses the quietest among them, Otto Cleves. But soon after, she encounters the great love of her life, Nemours, her Italian teacher. The passion that burns between them is, however, doomed. Junie refuses to give in to her feelings and persists in denying herself happiness, which in her eyes is merely illusory. Written by American Film Market

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Christophe Honoré decided to make this adaptation of La Princesse de Clèves after French president Nicholas Sarkozy criticized the novel. See more »

Quotes

Otto: I love you Junie, from when I saw you.
Junie: Then don't let me down and look after me, always.
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Love is always temporary...
1 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

…and that pretty well sums up the deepest message of this adaptation of "La Princesse de Clèves". Having seen this at the 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival, I will admit to not having an appreciation of Christophe Honore's other work, have not read the book, nor did I recognize any of the actors. The film is put together reasonably well technically. Everyone is young, thin and good-looking, with many a fine pout below a classic Gallic countenance. There were (too) many relationships to track on a first viewing, and I did not understand the motivation for most of the characters. Why does everyone fall in love with Junie? Why does she break down and cry in class? As a high school-age tale, the self-absorbed interpersonal world is apt, with enough sexual tension and romantic intrigue to satisfy the requirements of this genre.


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