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La belle personne -- 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.

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Writers:
Christophe Honoré (scenario) &
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Christophe Honoré 
 
Writing credits
Christophe Honoré (scenario) &
Gilles Taurand (scenario)

Madame de La Fayette (inspired by the book)

Produced by
Sophie Barrat .... producer
Florence Dormoy .... producer
Joëy Faré .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex Beaupain 
 
Cinematography by
Laurent Brunet 
 
Film Editing by
Chantal Hymans 
 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
 
Production Design by
Samuel Deshors 
 
Art Direction by
Emmanuelle Cuillery 
 
Set Decoration by
Claire Vaysse (decoration)
 
Costume Design by
Pierre Canitrot 
 
Makeup Department
Michel Vautier .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Guillaume Hanoun .... production manager
Julie Perron .... assistant production manager
Nicolas Ploux .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yann Chemin .... third assistant director
Julie Gouet .... second assistant director
Sylvie Peyre .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Benjamin Bouygues-Faugeron .... assistant art director
Matthieu Scavazza .... assistant art director
Romain Scavazza .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Bouvet .... sound editor
Laurent Cercleux .... boom operator
Julien Gigliotti .... additional boom operator
Guillaume Le Bras .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Emilie Monier .... first assistant camera
Andra Tevy .... second assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Muriel Douvry .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Mikael Buch .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"The Beautiful Person" - Europe (English title) (festival title)
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Runtime:
97 min | France:90 min
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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 »
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Nemours:I'm lost as you are.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good actually, 8 September 2013
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

After her mother's death, a pretty teenage girl (Lea Seydoux) moves in with relatives and attends school with her male cousin. She quickly gets embroiled in the dizzying affairs of her cousin's clique of friends and young teachers. There are straight affairs, gay affairs, straight love triangles, gay love triangles, bisexual love triangles, teacher-student affairs, teacher-student love triangles--really you need some kind of chart to keep track of it all. "Junie", the protagonist, first gets involved with "Otto", the shy odd-man-out in all these sexual shenanigans (perhaps because he's the only one with a decent haircut), but she soon finds herself drawn to the young Italian teacher (Louis Garrel), who is already involved with another student in the clique AND a fellow teacher.

This kind of sounds like a French bedroom farce--especially a scene where one character drops a lurid love letter from his pocket and everyone thinks it belongs to the Italian teacher, leading to all kinds of misunderstandings. But this movie is actually very moody and gloomy--even tragic at one point. All these liaisons don't seem to leave anyone very happy. In that respect this kind of reminded me of Catherine Breillat film, but it also has a surprising lack of sex scenes (aside from one strange scene where Seydoux bares her breasts for her boyfriend in what looks to be a school hallway or the streets of Paris). It is also strangely anachronistic. It's a modern-day film judging from the occasional use of cell phones, but the characters still pass notes instead of text messaging. And I guess it must be perfectly legal in France for teachers to carry on with students because no one even remarks on it. (Of course, everyone here LOOKS like they're in their twenties). I guess France is just a different place--at least their movies certainly are.

Seydoux is pretty good here even if her character is frustratingly opaque. She and Anais Demoustier (who has a small part in this and would appear with Seydoux again later in a similar film called "Le Belle Epine") might be the only girls prettier than their male co-star Louis Garrel, who has appeared in seemingly every other French film since making his mark in Catherine Breillat's 2007 film "The Last Mistress". It is Seydoux though who is perhaps on the verge of true international fame with a starring role in "Farewell, My Queen" and in the upcoming Cannes-winner "Blue is the Warmest Color". This is kind of strange movie for a lot of reasons, but it's also actually pretty good.

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