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Un enfant de lumière (2009)

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Quentin Ladrière ...
Lucas
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Erwan
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Soft child porn masquerading as drama.
24 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

This extremely dubious film is based upon the supposedly true story of Lucas de Métairy (1970-98) as related by his 'uncle' Paul de Métairy.

There is little documentary evidence to even prove the existence of Lucas let alone his remarkable story of which this film is merely a part. According to Paul de Métairy such evidence and even the whereabouts of his grave was deliberately suppressed by the French authorities.

Lucas' story is told in three films of which this is the second. It concerns his experiences as 12 year old staying alone with Erwan, the 15 year old son of one of his mother's friends.

Erwan is resentful that he must summer alone with Lucas and so treats him as a dog. He forces him to sleep in a cupboard and consume only bread and cheese in the kitchen whilst Erwan enjoys fine meals in the dining room prepared by Lucas. Erwan also forces Lucas to be completely naked and the young actor is therefore exposed throughout the film.

Lucas is aristocratic and Erwan clearly enjoys forcing him to act as his naked personal slave under the most humiliating circumstances. Lucas for example is obliged to lie beneath him as a foot stool and even to sit on the floor like a dog.

The direction and photography are extremely basic if not appalling. The young performers are not really actors but they do their best to bring pubescent sexuality into focus. Sullivan Jeray as Erwan provides some skillful expressions whilst the adolescent Quentin Ladrière as Lucas deserves praise for his ability to handle perpetual nudity on set.

But I am left uncomfortable that this film appears the product of some very dubious people exploiting the naivety of youngsters to strip naked for filmmakers in the cause of a 'true' story that upon examination appears to be nothing but a sick fantasy. Published on the website of Paul de Métairy is a photograph purporting to be the real Lucas with an Arab lad taken just before his death. Unfortunately it is clearly photo shopped and the boy inserted turns out to be a very young 90's porn model. What more need be said.


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