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With the outbreak of WWII, the sudden call to arms will send the men of a family's estate to the front, leaving a curious adolescent alone with the remaining women of the house, in need of a warm embrace and, possibly, a daring kiss.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierry Tevini Thierry Tevini ... Julien
Anja Schüte Anja Schüte ... Julia / Julien's cousin (as Anja Shute)
Valérie Dumas Valérie Dumas ... Poune / Julia's sister (as Valerie Dumas)
Évelyne Dandry Évelyne Dandry ... Aunt Adèle (as Evelyne Dandry)
Elisa Servier Elisa Servier ... Claire / Julien's elder sister
Jean-Yves Chatelais Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Charles / Claire's fiance
Macha Méril ... Agnès / Julien's mother (as Macha Meril)
Hannes Kaetner Hannes Kaetner ... Professor Schöberg
Silke Rein Silke Rein ... Liselotte Schöberg
Laure Dechasnel Laure Dechasnel ... Clementine
Pierre Vernier ... Julien's Father
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Monsieur Lacroix
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Madame Lacroix
Gaëlle Legrand Gaëlle Legrand ... Mathilde (as Gaelle Legrand)
Anne Fontaine ... Justine
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Storyline

Summer 1939 in the Provence, France: the 14 years old Julien has a crush on his cousin Julia, who lives together with his family in their small hotel. Unfortunately she ignores him, because she's several years older. Then the hotel guest Charles enters the competition, a slimy twenty-something who lusts for the girl, despite the fact that he's engaged. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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An intense coming-of-age story. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cousins in Love See more »

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(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Julien: My name's Julien. I'm 15. That's me. OK, let's say I'm 14 and a half. I'm destined to be in love with my cousin Julia. Behold. Whatever way you look at her, it's worth it. She's more beautiful than Venus. The naked woman in the scallop shell. At least, I think so...
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 min 27 secs by the BBFC to edit some sexual content. The cuts were waived for the 2007 Arrow DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast: Kalle kommt (2003) See more »

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18 December 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Film is still young enough for there to be credible arguments about just what it is.

Its entirely possible for someone to believe it is about what photography is, what the majority of us think photography is.

Here's a photographer, and he believes that. His photographs evoke remembrances of an innocent sexuality, false memories certainly but sweet smelling. There's a deliberate unreality in the photos, with girls in nearly surreal poses with the lens gauzed as if there were a barrier of sorts between our reality and that we see — or is it imagine?

There's all sorts of implied narrative in these still photos. They are so, so very rich in what they imply.

Now to film. I've seem "Laura," which was successful in a minor way because the artist dreaming about the new woman was placed in the story explicitly. Oh and he has vision problems, and he needs to translate his story by shifting senses (to touch) just as we do from photo to movie.

This is his next project. I really don't know what he was thinking. Before he had sexual imaginings, here he simply has sex. Before he focused on a wonderful symmetry: our imaginations of a young girl balanced with her imaginings of an older man. I guess he thought he could work a similar symmetry here with a young boy instead of the older artist. But it fails in an extraordinarily large way.

I think that is because in this case he invested too much in the story, the power of the story to carry the thing, and he drifted too far away from where he has power, the image. I think "Walkabout" successfully does what this attempts. Go there instead.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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