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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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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
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
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When writing the script Christophe Honoré consulted 'Louis Garrel' as to what subject his character should teach. Garrel suggested he be a teacher of Italian and Honoré wrote it into the script assuming that Garrel knew Italian because his fiancé at the time, actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, was Italian. During shooting he discovered that Garrel actually spoke very little of the language.See more »
Quotes:
Junie:I'm going away to not fall in love.See more »
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Features Yaaba (1989)See more »
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Way To the BlueSee more »

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Back on Form, 17 January 2011
Author: howie73

Christopher Honoré's La belle personne is a compelling curiosity; transposing the courtly world of Madame de La Fayette's classic 17th century story, La Princess de Cleves to a modern-day French lyceé (with its own courtyard), the film is a compelling observation of "courtly" love in a postmodern world; although it would be convincing to argue La belle personne is not very modern in its presentation of present-day bourgeoise Parisian etudiants. This is a world that exists in its own hermetically-sealed bubble, free from Facebook and the internet. It's a world where 60s navel-gazing reigns supreme.

The film follows the tribulations love brings, or perhaps more realistically, the tribulations of what one perceives as 'love', even if it's unconsummated. The title alludes to 17-year-old Junie (Léa Seydoux), whose aura and presence recalls a ghostly incarnation of Godard's muse Anna Karina (Perhaps a self-conscious homage to Godard by the FEMIS-teaching Honoré?). Following the death of her mother, Junie refuses to live with her father (for unknown reasons), choosing instead to live with her cousin, Mathias, in a haute-bourgeoisie Parisian arrondisement close to the school she and Mathias attend. ' Soon enough Junie becomes the default objet d'amour for the male etudiants, namely love-sick Otto (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) at first.

However, she soon troubles the cad-in-school Italian teacher, Nemours (the lanky yet ever-foppish Louis Garrel) with her otherworldly presence, prompting him to quickly end two amorous entanglements with a middle-aged fellow teacher and a stubborn 16-year-old female student. However, as one would expect fron the source material, tragedy foreshadows this story but it does not detract from this near-perfect made-for-TV drama.

Every performance is realistic and natural. Special kudos to Garrel and Sedoyx for their work here. Honore follows the mis-step that was Chansons D'amour with this elegant, masterfully composed concoction; even if you could argue La belle personne seems to be an inverse reworking of Chansons. With the ensemble of regulars (Garrel, Hesme, Mastroianni, Leprine-Ringuet etc), traversing both films, La belle personne perversely feels like a sequel somehow taking place in a parallel world to Chansons. In spite of some questionable if strained directorial nods to the Nouvelle Vague (mentioning them would spoil the end), Honoré shows restraint and an uncharacteristic sense of detachment. The way he directs Seydoux is a revelation. Her ghostly presence haunts the film in every aspect and should be noted as a performance of great integrity and resolve from this promising actress. As a modern-day exploration of courtly love, La belle personne, is worth seeing numerous times to catch the many subtleties it withholds on first viewing.

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