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La désenchantée (1990)

TV-MA | | Drama, Romance | 27 May 1998 (USA)
Seventeen-year-old Beth is just finishing school, and lives in Paris with her bedridden mother and younger brother. She is annoyed because her boyfriend suggested she try sleeping with ... See full summary »


Benoît Jacquot


Benoît Jacquot
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Cast overview:
Judith Godrèche ... Bêth (as Judith Godreche)
Marcel Bozonnet Marcel Bozonnet ... Alphonse
Thérèse Liotard ... La mère de Beth
Ivan Desny ... L'oncle
Thomas Salsmann Thomas Salsmann ... Rémi
Hai Truhong Tu Hai Truhong Tu ... Chang
Malcolm Conrath Malcolm Conrath ... L'autre (as Malcom Conrath)
Francis Mage Francis Mage ... Edouard
Stéphane Auberghen Stéphane Auberghen ... Mère d'Edouard
Marion Ferry Marion Ferry ... La prof
Caroline Bonmarchand Caroline Bonmarchand ... La copine


Seventeen-year-old Beth is just finishing school, and lives in Paris with her bedridden mother and younger brother. She is annoyed because her boyfriend suggested she try sleeping with other men - the uglier the better. Sugardad, a doctor who visits her mother, and supports them with occasional cheques, now has his eyes on Beth. Alphonse, an older man, intervenes when Beth's boyfriend is fighting with her on the banks of the Seine. When she visits Alphonse later, they end up discussing poetry. Written by Will Gilbert

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27 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Paris, France

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According to Judith Godrèche, the screenplay was written by Benoît Jacquot and herself, inspired on her own life. She was uncredited as a writer by her own desire. See more »


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Parisian girl leaves adolescence behind
26 June 2000 | by DeeNine-2See all my reviews

This is a charming little film made in the agreeable French tradition of Vadim, Techine, Kieslowski, et al, in which the film itself reflects the director's adoration for its pretty young star. In this case we have Director Benoît Jacquot adoring Judith Godrèche, who plays a poor but principled 17-year-old Parisian girl disenchanted with her life, in particular with the choices she has in males. Her boyfriend tells her she should sleep with somebody ugly. Just why isn't clear. He is referred to as 'whatshisname.' She meets an interesting man, Alphonse, played by Marchel Bozonnet, but he is too old for her and, at any rate, still enamored of another. And certainly she doesn't want her mother's lover, referred to as 'Sugardad,' who is in his sixties.

Godrèche herself is as natural and unself-conscience as a child. Dressed mostly in thin house dresses that cling lightly to her body, she displays the clear eyes, the clean jaw line and sculptured arms of youthful innocence. The camera adores her face and stays with her throughout. Clearly she is good and good to look at, but I would not say she is as enchanting as Krzysztof Kieslowski's Irène Jacob (La Double vie de Véronique (1991); Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)) nor as talented as Juliette Binoche in Andre Techine's Rendez-Vous (1985). And of course not nearly as sexy as Brigitte Bardot in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman (1957).

But comparisons are odious. This is a good film in its own right. The treatment suggests a short story from a literary journal, original, with quiet, unexpected tableaux of daily life leaving one to ponder. The climax appears without one's knowing it until the film begins the closing credits and then one understands what happened. There is a dark symbolic element throughout suggesting the bondage to the material world that comes when a girl is no longer a child.

Vietnamese-French actor Hai Truhong Tu is excellent in a small part as Godrèche's Chinese friend.

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