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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 Tremolière ... 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
François Criqui .... ripper
Maxime Girault .... second assistant production designer
Cécile Hurlé .... set dresser
Chloe Leguay .... graphics (as Chloé Leguay)
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
Jean-Baptiste Le Guen .... 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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Additional Details

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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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A comedy that is both hilarious and insightful, destined for cult status, 13 December 2009
Author: LoneWolfAndCub from Australia

This comedy is easily comparable to the recent American teenage sex-romps, especially the American Pie series, however, at the same time it is a totally different movie. American Pie, as funny as it was, was not witty or intelligent. The French Kissers, directed by first-timer Riad Sattouf, is very funny, but also an accurate representation of what teenage boys experience in high school. Although not all just think of sex, all are curious. This movie follows Herve (Vincent Lacoste) and his best mate Camel (Anthony Sonigo) as they deal with bullies, homework, family, hormones and the girls they so long desire. There is no solid plot, rather, it is a disjointed series of events that happen during a year that summarise a hectic time for teenagers. Relationships are lost and started, tests and asssignments are forgotten about till the last minute, parents pry into their child's sex life, and friends hang out and talk about their latest fling or sexcapades.

What I find makes this movie so good is the performances of the actors, who instill such life into their characters. Lacoste is incredibly funny as the nerdy guy with low self-esteem, but whose hormones are constantly raging. Sonigo is just as funny as the heavy metal loving, mullet wearing best friend who longs for the most beautiful girl in the school. Alice Trémolière and Julie Scheibling are fantastic as Aurore and Laura, the two girls who Herve and Camel lust after with varying degrees of luck. One last mention should go to Noémie Lvovsky as Herve's mother, who never stops prying and loving her son. Honestly, her character was so believable not just because Lvovsky was so good, but I can relate as my mother was a lot like her. Which brings me the screenplay, which is great as it brings a sense of realism to all the proceedings. Nothing is too far-fetched in this movie, which brings it above most American comedies of this nature.

The soundtrack is excellent, and of course, Sattouf's direction is excellent. Yes, this is a very crude movie, with the majority of it being about sex and the various other activities a couple may get up to. Not everyone will enjoy it, the constant talk of masturbation, sex, french kissing (hence the title), and porn will put off people who do not feel comfortable with those subjects. But at the film's heart is a touching story of slowly discovering one's self, and thankfully Sattouf does not resort to sappiness and sentimentality with this theme. Unlike the many American comedies which end neatly with everything returning to normal, this ends in a way which mirrors how high school can really be (but I'm not going to spoil that here).


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