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Young Werther (1993)

Le jeune Werther (original title)
Ismael and his friends get over the death of his best friend, from whom he has recently distanced.

Director:

Jacques Doillon

Writer:

Jacques Doillon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ismaël Jolé-Ménébhi Ismaël Jolé-Ménébhi ... Ismael
Faye Gatteau Faye Gatteau ... Faye (as Faye Anastasia)
Jessica Tharaud Jessica Tharaud ... Jessica
Mirabelle Rousseau Mirabelle Rousseau ... Mirabelle
Miren Capello Miren Capello ... Miren
Pierre Mezerette Pierre Mezerette ... Pierre
Simon Clavière Simon Clavière ... Simon
Sunny Lebrati Sunny Lebrati ... Sunny
Thomas Brémond Thomas Brémond ... Theo
Pierre Encrevé Pierre Encrevé ... Headmaster (as Pierre Encrèvé)
Margot Abascal Margot Abascal ... Guillaume's Sister
Hervé Duhamel Hervé Duhamel ... French Teacher
Marie de Laubier Marie de Laubier ... Maths Teacher
Ève Guillou Ève Guillou ... History Teacher
Bertrand Figuier Bertrand Figuier ... Photographer
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Ismael and his friends get over the death of his best friend, from whom he has recently distanced.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 March 1993 (France) See more »

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Color (Fujicolor)
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J'écume
Performed by Alain Bashung
Written by Alain Bashung and Jean Fauque
éditions Polygram Music
(p) 1991 Barclay
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One of the most exquisite films about loss of innocence
11 March 2005 | by Balthazar-5See all my reviews

This film starts from a wonderful concept. The psychological situation represented in Goethe's famous story is transplanted into adolescents in modern Paris. The structuring event (the suicide of Ismael's best friend) has already taken place when the film begins, and Doillon and his young actors do a magnificent job of convincing us of the trauma that this creates. What makes the film to totally memorable is the way that it seamlessly moves from a mystery story into an unforgettable examination of the vulnerability of young emotions. As Ismael and his classmates jump to conclusions and then discover the enigmatic Miren, we are dragged into their world and their sensibility. I have always (at least from 'La Drolesse' until the disaster of 'Les Petites Freres') believed that Doillon was the only truly great French director of his generation. But this great little masterpiece seems to even take him to a higher level. This is one of the very few films that demonstrates that the greatest pain in life comes from falling in love with the inaccessible. Thank you, Jacques.


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