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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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Director:
Writers:
Christophe Honoré (scenario) &
Gilles Taurand (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
6 March 2009 (USA) See more »
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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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1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lovely, melancholy, fascinating view of Parisian teenagers See more (8 total) »

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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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Runtime:
97 min | France:90 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Christophe Honoré decided to make this adaptation of La Princesse de Clèves after French president Nicholas Sarkozy criticized the novel.See more »
Quotes:
Junie:I'm going away to not fall in love.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Comme La PluieSee more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Lovely, melancholy, fascinating view of Parisian teenagers, 20 May 2011
Author: jm10701 from United States

This is a lovely, deliberate, melancholy look into the fairy-tale lives of pale, beautiful, preternaturally graceful high-school students in Paris - a dreamy, pearly, wintry Paris on which the harsh sun never, ever shines.

The Beautiful Person is so hypnotically beautiful that it drew me through the somewhat jarring adjustment I had to make from my placid late-middle-aged American world into theirs, which teems with sex and longing, but - Oh, my! - it was worth it. This movie is luxurious and delightful.

Some of those who do not like it may be unwilling or unable to make such a cultural adjustment, but those who do will be rewarded. Earlier reviews here encouraged me to hang in there through the rough patches in the beginning, when I could not even tell who was who and doing what with whom. Those reviews also hinted that I might be slightly disappointed after Christophe Honoré's last movie, the remarkable Love Songs (Les Chansons d'amour). I was not at all. This is a sadder movie, but it is no less deeply satisfying.

Like Love Songs, seeing this once is not enough: I need my own copy so I can watch it over and over. Also like Love Songs, I expect the pleasure it gives will grow richer with each viewing.

Something nice I just realized: there are no drugs in this movie, hardly any alcohol (none at all among the kids), no vomiting, no farting, no bullying, no mindless cruelty or grossness of any kind. In other words: This is not an American movie for American teenagers. It is probably not even a realistic view of Parisian teenagers (even they must have a few pimples), but realistic or not it is a joy to behold.

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