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Le petit amour (1988)

Kung-fu master! (original title)
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Mary-Jane asks, "Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?" She's divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 14, ... See full summary »

Director:

Agnès Varda

Writers:

Jane Birkin (story), Agnès Varda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Birkin ... Mary-Jane
Mathieu Demy ... Julien
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Lucy
Lou Doillon Lou Doillon ... Lou
Gary Chekchak Gary Chekchak ... Un jeune
Cyril Houplain Cyril Houplain ... Un jeune
Frank Laurent Frank Laurent ... Un jeune
Aurélien Hermant Aurélien Hermant ... Un jeune
Jérémie Luntz Jérémie Luntz ... Un jeune
Thomas Bensaïd Thomas Bensaïd ... Un jeune
Pénélope Pourriat Pénélope Pourriat ... Une jeune
Ninon Vinsonneau Ninon Vinsonneau ... Une jeune
Bégonia Leis Bégonia Leis ... Une jeune
Eva Simonet Eva Simonet ... L'amie
Judy Campbell ... La mère
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Storyline

Mary-Jane asks, "Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?" She's divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 14, small and brassy, but she sees a sensitive side. She contrives to spend time with him and lets him know she's available to him. He's on the cusp between child and man, alternating between playing a video game, Kung Fu Master, where he tries to rescue Sylvie, and joining friends in bluff talk about sexual exploits. As Lucy realizes what is happening, she's repulsed, but Mary-Jane, encouraged by her own mother, carries on. Is it love or jealousy of lost youth? Is there any way this can end well? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He was 15. She was 40. Love is where you find it.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Ciné-Tamaris [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le petit amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Named after video game Kung fu Master See more »


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Written and Performed by Les Berurier Noir
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not unlike Lolita in reverse
30 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

There's a good reason why the English language title for Agnes Varda's new film was borrowed from a video arcade game. Beyond the obvious metaphor of the game itself it spells out very clearly the lack of pretension in Varda's story of a forty-year old housewife who falls in love with a fourteen-year old schoolboy. On its surface the film is about an older woman recapturing the passions of youth, and a young boy's awkward reaching out toward maturity. But underneath is a thoughtful look at the erosion of old-fashioned romantic ideals in an age of safe sex and AIDS awareness, a fact Varda gracefully acknowledges in the final, chilling scene, which (in a subtle way) shows the darkest side of adolescent peer pressure. It's a quiet, undemonstrative drama; Varda has a poet's sense of how much to say and how much to leave unsaid, and the few remaining words she leaves in the capable hands of a first-rate cast. In a daring casting decision the director's own son handles the role of the teen lover, and with surprising skill for a kid his age.


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