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A coming-of-age tale about an adolescent boy and his efforts to fit in amongst a varied cast of characters. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Vincent Lacoste ... Hervé
Anthony Sonigo ... Camel
Alice Trémolière ... Aurore
Julie Scheibling ... Laura
Robin Nizan-Duverger ... Benjamin
Baptiste Huet ... Loïc
Simon Barbery ... Mohamed
Meryl Andreys ... Camille

Noémie Lvovsky ... La mère d'Hervé

Valeria Golino ... La fille de la vidéo

Irène Jacob ... La mère d'Aurore

Emmanuelle Devos ... La directrice

Marjane Satrapi ... La vendeuse du magasin de musique
Christophe Vandevelde ... Le père d'Hervé
Yanig Samot ... Le beau-père d'Hervé (as Yannig Samot)
François Guerrar ... Le père de Camel (as Hassan Guerrar)
Frédéric Neidhardt ... Le prof de SVT

Nicolas Maury ... Le prof de français
Nicolas Wanczycki ... Le prof de maths
Mirabelle Kirkland ... La prof d'anglais
Solenn Jarniou ... La prof de sport
Emmanuel Malepart ... Le prof de musique
Jean-Pierre Haigneré ... Le prof de technologie
Irwan Bordji ... Anas
Loreleï Chenet ... Mégane
Sihem Namani ... Sadia
Salomé Durchon ... Nolwenn
Noémie Billy ... Océane
Emma Grégory ... Emma
Thania Perez ... Jenifer
Lise Bordenave ... Sabrina
Louis Bankowsky ... Goulven
Nicolas Bouissy ... Koulmen
Pablo Eskenazi ... Pablo
Victorien Rolland ... Wulfran
Yanis Aït-Ali ... Mahmoud
Maya De Rio Campo ... Leslie
Florence Dottel ... Françoise
Roch Amédet Banzouzi ... M. Jeanquatte
Mireille Franchino ... La femme du magasin de musique

Léopold Simalty ... Le prof de SVT 2
Riad Sattouf ... L'acteur vidéo
Bernard Chanteux ... Le petit vieux bus
Louison Pochat ... La voisine sexy
Nina Cruveiller ... Cousine Aurore 1
Charlotte Lebreton ... Cousine Aurore 2
Diane Girard ... Cousine Aurore 3
Cécile Galopin ... Rouleuse de pelles
Marion Marchand ... Constance
Jeannick Gravelines ... Serveur 1
Marc Syrigas ... Serveur café Stade Rennais

Directed by
Riad Sattouf 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Riad Sattouf  writer
Marc Syrigas  writer

Produced by
Anne-Dominique Toussaint .... producer
Original Music by
Riad Sattouf 
Cinematography by
Dominique Colin 
Film Editing by
Virginie Bruant 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Production Design by
Marie Cheminal 
Costume Design by
Mimi Lempicka 
Makeup Department
Olivier Afonso .... special makeup effects artist
Charlotte Arguillère .... key hair stylist
Avril Carpentier .... makeup artist
Nicolas Herlin .... special makeup effects artist
Laetitia Hillion .... special makeup effects artist
Marilyne Scarselli .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jean-Jacques Albert .... production manager
Matthieu Bled .... post-production manager
David Le Gall .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elsa Amiel .... first assistant director
Franklin Ohanessian .... second assistant director
Art Department
Maxime Girault .... second assistant production designer
Cécile Hurlé .... set dresser
Chloé Leguay .... graphics
Cyril Péré .... property master
Valérie Rozanes .... first assistant production designer
Sound Department
Laurent Benaïm .... sound mixer
Francis Bernard .... second assistant
Guadalupe Cassius .... dialogue editor
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Hervé Guyader .... chief sound editor
Stéphane Le Dall .... boom operator
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronisation
Vincent Milner .... foley artist
Hubert Teissedre .... foley recording engineer
Hubert Teissedre .... post sync recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Berquet .... gaffer
Franck-Norman Bihi .... electrician
Bertrand Etienne .... assistant camera
Galatae Politis .... first assistant camera
Marie Queney .... second assistant camera
Jean-Mary Vodoz .... best boy grip
Philippe Wegiel .... electrician
Casting Department
Christophe Daci .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stéphanie Boissard .... wardrobe
Mélanie Gautier .... costume supervisor
Laetitia Harvey .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Elisa Aboulker .... assistant editor
Chrystèle Barbarat .... digital intermediate producer
Céline Cloarec .... assistant editor
Florian Du Pasquier .... digital intermediate coordinator
Le Guen Jean-Baptiste .... digital film supervisor
Alexandra Pocquet .... colorist
Sarah Ternat .... assistant editor
Music Department
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Other crew
Christine Raffa-Catonné .... script supervisor
Pierre Tafani .... location manager

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Also Known As:
"Les beaux gosses" - France (original title)
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90 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | France:U | Germany:12 | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Sex-crazed adolescence, French style, 2 March 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The French title of this coming-of-age comedy is Les beaux gosses, "The Good-Looking Boys," and that's the first joke: these boys aren't all that good-looking. But first-time director (and comic book artist) Sattouf and his co-writer Marc Syrigas take the warm-hearted stand that adolescence is a goofy time for pretty much everybody. Hervé (Vincent Lacoste) is tall and scrawny and his Arab sidekick Camel (Anthony Sonigo) is short and has ridiculous long-in-back Seventies hair that signals his rock-star aspirations. The hair styles are iffy, the physiques are far from ideal, the clothes are mismatched, and they have acne. And the pimples aren't just painted on. But it doesn't matter. Hervé and Camel do okay, and the actors who play them are quite appealing.

Hervé goes up to Aurore (Alice Trémolière), one of the prettiest girls in his school, and asks her for a date, and she laughs. Aurore usually has a little entourage of blond, well-groomed boys around her. Before long however she sneaks off with Hervé and they kiss. Hervé may not be a relationship Aurore wants to acknowledge, but he's fine to practice on. And they go further.

American viewers may take Les beaux gosses for a knock-off of a Hollywood youth pic, and it has nothing radically new to offer in its plot line of a kid who scores and then gets his heart broken. The American market is saturated with this kind of stuff. But for francophone viewers, there are nuances in the story-line and the dialogue that get lost in translation. Imagine Heathers done into French. Like Heathers, French Kissers adopts and teases teenage slang. Hervé absorbs French rap lingo, which pops out with hilarious inappropriateness. He thinks rap is good seduction music, and at one point, trying to be casual, he addresses his school's black program supervisor as "nigga." In fact the humor is not so much in what the boys are doing as in the way they talk about it.

Overall Les beaux gosses is more a mockery than a knockoff of Hollywood testosterone, and feels somewhat remote from the excesses of Judd Apatow-sponsored features, though it has something in common with "Freaks and Geeks" -- but with more, much more x-rated stuff. The antics of Hervé, Camel, and their pals are blithely vulgar. There is so much gross-out and crude stuff here it ceases to gross out or seem crude. The specifics of masturbation (and the overuse of socks) and other aspects of teeanage sex are never avoided, and the American Pie/Superbad-style dirty talking and acting is as vivid as it is fresh.

Les beaux gosses also goes into lots of detail about who people are and what they do; the movie's great virtue is its specificity, despite its focus on generic (and amorphous) "ado" problems. A gay lit teacher isn't just suspected of being gay; he's in a magazine as a gay role model and a student asks him to autograph a copy. Emmanuelle Devos has an unusual turn as a haughty school administrator. Hervé's very French single mom (played by director Noemie Lvovsky) takes a humorous interest in his jack-off activities, and also follows him to his girlfriend's party. She's a millstone, but always a benign one.

There is, of course, at least one threateningly perfect boy, Loïc (Baptiste Huet), but he turns out to be far from perfect when a weird accident happens at a gym class whose tumbling sessions also give Hervé a bloody nose. Hervé, Aurore, Camel, and friends Benjamin (Robin Nizan-Duverger) and various others are messy, confused, hormone-crazed, and even sexually vague. Hervé's relationship with his mother is borderline incestuous and with Camel, as they act out and try out, has its homoerotic phases.

It's this cornucopia of absurd over-the-top-ness and richness of detail that explains Les beaux gosses' successful inclusion in Director's Fortnight at Cannes and its rave views after its summer 2009 French release. It was shown as part of the FSLC/uniFrance-sponsored Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Walter Reade Theater and the IFC Center in New York in March 2010.

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