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Le péril jeune (1994)

Ten years after their Upper Sixth, Bruno, Momo, Leon and Alain meet together in the waiting room of a maternity hospital. The father of the awaited baby is Tomasi, their best friend at that... See full summary »

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Cédric Klapisch

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Cédric Klapisch (scenario and dialogue), Santiago Amigorena (scenario and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Tomasi
Vincent Elbaz Vincent Elbaz ... Alain Chabert
Nicolas Koretzky Nicolas Koretzky ... Maurice 'Momo' Zareba
Julien Lambroschini Julien Lambroschini ... Bruno
Joachim Lombard Joachim Lombard ... Leon
Julie-Anne Roth ... Marie (as Julie-Anne Rauth)
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Christine
Élodie Bouchez ... Sophie
Lisa Faulkner ... Barbara
Caroline Damiens Caroline Damiens
Jacques Marchand Jacques Marchand ... Moroni
Christine Sandre Christine Sandre ... English Teacher
Nathalie Krebs Nathalie Krebs ... Philosophy Teacher
François Toumarkine François Toumarkine ... History and Geography Teacher
Hélène Médigue ... Biology Teacher
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Storyline

Ten years after their Upper Sixth, Bruno, Momo, Leon and Alain meet together in the waiting room of a maternity hospital. The father of the awaited baby is Tomasi, their best friend at that time, who died one month before due to an overdose. They remember their teenage, their laughs, their dreams, their stupid pranks... Through the pasts of the five main characters, a description of the French youth in the middle of the seventies. Written by Yepok

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Abschlussklasse: Wilde Jugend - 1975 See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Vertigo,La Sept-Arte See more »
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References Amarcord (1973) See more »

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1983... A merman I shoud turn to be
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Lyrics and Music by Jimi Hendrix
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Exuberant Youth, tinged with Sadness and Joy
12 May 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

Cinemoi, the satellite French movie channel has been having a number of director Cedric Klapisch films showing on it recently; as well as this, Le Peril Jeune, his later 'Pot Luck' and 'Russian Dolls'.

I'd never come across or heard of Klapisch before this spate and it's immediately obvious that he's very comfortable around and capable making and directing young people. There's a naturalness that comes across supremely easily; he is never patronising to either his audience or his actors and he's keen to show all aspects, from the good and happy to really quite dark and bad.

Klapisch regular lead man, Romain Duris here plays Tomasi, whose friends gather as their pregnant friend Sophie's about to go into labour at the Paris maternity unit. Minus Tomasi, though as we're already told that he died just one month prior from an overdose and as they wait, they look back over and reminisce all the years when they met at school.

We're talking about the 1970s and so all the fashions and music are here. Klapisch always seems to include sex scenes and here we get quite trippy drug-taking, too. All five of our characters were active in some rebellious pursuit or another and in the days of political activism, we see them fight for their causes. There's all the excitable antics of youth; showing off, exploring the opposite sex and much else, including living in a communal squat.

Despite this film being almost unknown - look at the number of reviews here and on IMDb - this is a very well made and satisfying film, with a sparkling script. It doesn't take itself too seriously and you can just watch it as it is, without pretence or need of justification. Unlike some French drama, that can be 'charming' there's no room for whimsy here. And, not too exaggerated like many US youth films but believable and thus, satisfying. And because it's another culture to our own, endlessly fascinating, too.


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