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Full Speed (1996)

À toute vitesse (original title)
A brief extract of four kids' lives somewhere in France. Quentin, who won a writers contest and now pays more attention to his career as an author than to his friends, beautiful Julie, his ... See full summary »

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Gaël Morel

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Gaël Morel (original scenario), Gaël Morel (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Élodie Bouchez ... Julie (as Elodie Bouchez)
Stéphane Rideau Stéphane Rideau ... Jimmy
Pascal Cervo ... Quentin
Meziane Bardadi Meziane Bardadi ... Samir
Romain Auger Romain Auger ... Rick / Le couple de la ruelle
Salim Kechiouche ... Jamel
Mohammed Dib Mohammed Dib ... Karim
Frédéric Fargier Frédéric Fargier ... Bande á Jimmy
Patrice Thomas Patrice Thomas ... Bande á Jimmy
Youcef Ninach Youcef Ninach ... Bande á Jimmy
Missoum Laimene Missoum Laimene ... Bande á Jimmy
Laurent Diomande Laurent Diomande ... Bande á Jimmy
Ryad Benkouider Ryad Benkouider ... Bande á Jimmy
Paul Morel Paul Morel ... Le père de Quentin
Bernard Villeneuve Bernard Villeneuve ... Le journaliste
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A brief extract of four kids' lives somewhere in France. Quentin, who won a writers contest and now pays more attention to his career as an author than to his friends, beautiful Julie, his girl-friend, much more mature than she looks, falling in love with Quentin's very best friend Jimmy, who is kind of stuck in his unability of self-expression and grown up under bad social circumstances. And there is the shy boy Samir, exiled from Algeria, who lost his "brother" and only friend some time ago. Samir heavily falls in love with Quentin, but he can't handle it... Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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Know what it's like to be young?

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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References Johnny Guitar (1954) See more »

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Written by Sulee B. Wax (as F. Guion Firmin)/Sté Strausz (S. Quinol)/David Bordey (D. Bordee)
Performed by Sté Strausz (as Ste)
Ed. Polygram Editions/Delabel Editions
production Pay Back Prod.
with permission of Polygram Projects Spéciaux
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Coming of age, coming out, uneasy friendships among French youths
9 May 1999 | by gonz30See all my reviews

This is the latest film (the next one debuts in France later this year) by young actor turned director, Gael Morel ("Wild Reeds"),available on video in the US and UK. AT FULL SPEED explores many layers and complexities of relationships between youths in multi-racial France. A non-linear film, it examines the relationship between the characters in a variety of ways, contrasting attitudes in the province with those in Paris, exposing racism, and sexuality in ambiguous ways. But at the end, Morel suggests there is a fine line between hetero, bi, and homosexuality, between racists and their victims. A gifted ensemble cast including Morel's two co-stars in "Wild Reeds": Elodie Bouchez, and Stephane Rideau get the points across well to those willing to think and digest this difficult to follow film. It is definitely not for fans of current American youth-themed films. Although it lasts less than an hour and a half, the film leaves you feeling like it lasted much longer. That was, I think, Morel's intention, and not necessarily negative. It just may be too sophisticated for its intended audience.


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