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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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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
Thierry Cretagne .... unit production manager
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
François Tille .... key grip
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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97 min | France:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

In the scene in which Junie enters a café and smiles briefly at a woman, the woman she is smiling at is Chiara Mastroianni. Mastroianni played Catherine de Clèves in La lettre (1999), another adaptation of La Princesse de Clèves which La belle personne (2008) was based on.See more »
Nemours:I'm in a total love-sick mess.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The look of a 60s French film, 11 November 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

I honestly thought I was watching a film from the 60s until I looked it up on IMDb. Everything rung of the 60s from the washed-out color palette (lots of white, grey and cold bluish tints) to the inexplicably brooding, emotionally muted female protagonist who falls into a love tangle (as in Buñuel's "Belle du Jour" (1967) or Vadim's "Le repos du guerrier" (1962)) to the very 60s French soundtrack (Nick Drake, Alain Barrière, Callas) to the big hairstyles on men. And of course there are heavy themes of love & sexuality, common to those classic French films that defined the genre "60s French film". Imagine my surprise when I learned that this film was made in 2008 from a novel (La Princesse de Clèves) set in 1558 in the court of King Henry II of France.

I have to admit, I didn't like this film at first. Coming from a relatively puritanical culture, it didn't sit well with me that the film was about a 30-something high school teacher trying to seduce a 16-year old student. But if you can get past that, and if you can get past the premise that each character has 2 to 3 paramours in a tangled web that would make Shakespeare resort to his slide rule, then you'll be OK. This is very much a tale of loose sexual morals, but that is precisely the intent. The question posed is: can 1 true love exist, free of all the scandalous infidelities & betrayals, or is human nature such that impetuous desires and unchecked emotions always cause sexual & emotional chaos?

You may find yourself needing to watch this film a 2nd time or, as I had to do, rewinding certain scenes to figure out exactly who is who, especially if you're watching the English subtitles. That is because the love triangles (and love rectangles and love pentagons) come at you pretty fast with no big explanations for the slow folks in the audience. But even if it doesn't sink in at first, you'll probably have a decent grasp by the end of the film if you pay close attention. While I found this to be frustrating at first, I felt ultimately satisfied that the director took this approach, not holding our hand to lead us through every plot point. Instead, like the web of love & deceit itself, the plot is intended to be challenging if not confusing.

In the 2nd half, the story distills down to the main 3 characters, and the final 30 mins pack a whollop. My only real criticism is that it seemed to drag on 10 minutes beyond the dramatic climax & revelation, thereby watering down the effect of that powerful scene. Other than that, I found this to be a masterful telling of a tale that begins slowly, convoluted & seemingly uneventful, but then it snowballs to a rich and satisfying closure.

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