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Here's another French film that nobody seems to have ever seen with English subs (including me, so excuse me if this review is a little sketchy). The movie is about an adolescent boy (Quentin Challal) who has a skin disease that prevents him from going out in direct sunlight, so he has to stay inside or go out only at night or dress in a protective suit. The disease is apparently also degenerative and the long-term prognosis is not good. Still, like all kids that age he tries to live a normal life. Now if this were a Hollywood movie, they would wring every possible bit of drama out of this scenario with the adult actors especially mercilessly chewing the scenery in emotionally-wrenching (probably to the point of stripping a whole lot of emotional screws), Oscar-bait performances. If anything though, this French movie commits the opposite sin--it's subtle, oblique, and very slow-moving, perhaps to the point of being a little boring.
Obviously, the boy is a main character, but the main adult character is not the boy's single mother (Caroline Proust), who is surprisingly peripheral, but the middle-age doctor (VIncent Lindon ) who has been treating the boy his whole life and now has to break the bad news, not only about the prognosis, but also that he has to leave off treating him. This is the "man-boy relationship" referred to in the "plot key words", but it's not as creepy as THAT sounds. There is a weird scene where the doctor spots the kid at a soccer game with his friends and curiously follows him while he rides on his girlfriend's moped. But the doctor is really just a medical professional who cares too much, not a pederast or anything. The doctor also has a adversarial relationship with a female colleague (Emmanuelle Devos), but it's not only peripheral, but also pretty much unnecessary.
Many French movies, of course, make up for a lack of drama with an abundance of sex and nudity. All you get on that score here though is a brief gander at pretty French teen actress/model Solene Rigot's (admittedly very nice) breasts. (She plays the adolescent protagonists girlfriend). I can give this movie some kudos for NOT being saccharine and ridiculously melodramatic like a lot of American "medical problem" movies, and the performances are all pretty good. But when a pair of perky young breasts are the only thing that really, uh, perks your interest, it might be considered a pretty serious shortcoming of the movie. Some English subs would help, of course, but I still think this would be pretty slow going for most people.
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