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Fögi Is a Bastard (1998)

F. est un salaud (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 28 April 1999 (France)
Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

Director:

Marcel Gisler

Writers:

Santiago Amigorena (french adaptation), Martin Frank (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric Andrau Frédéric Andrau ... Fögi
Vincent Branchet Vincent Branchet ... Beni
Urs Peter Halter Urs Peter Halter ... Töbe
Martin Schenkel Martin Schenkel ... Ritch
Jean-Pierre von Dach Jean-Pierre von Dach ... Wäde
Jessica Früh Jessica Früh ... La mère de Beni / Beni's mother
Gilles Tschudi ... Wirsling
Sebastian Krähenbühl ... Reto
Bettina Schulz Bettina Schulz ... Amie de Titch / Ritch's Girlfriend #1
Jaqueline Brutsche Jaqueline Brutsche ... Amie de Ritch / Ritch's girlfriend #2
Ulrich Bodamer Ulrich Bodamer ... Schäfer
Mirjam Hoffmann Mirjam Hoffmann ... Daniela
Joseph Schätti Joseph Schätti ... Tiger
Michel Weder Michel Weder ... Le vieil homme / Old man
Franck Rainault Franck Rainault ... Le Médecin / Ambulance doctor
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Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni deeper and deeper into his addiction. Written by Lukas Fichtinger <liderc@gmx.at>

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Beni: I felt lighter and almost emptier. In this emptiness there was sadness, but also consolation. I of course asked myself over and over again, and still do: If I had loved him even more, and differently, he wouldn't have died. Should our paths cross again Fögi, I'll try harder this time, love you so that nothing can keep us apart. Next time I'll be stronger, I swear, next time...
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References Body Snatchers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Heroin
Composed by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Available on Album: The Velvet Underground and Nico
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Depressing film with vulnerable characters and strained performances
4 August 2016 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

An addicted relationship between a minor and a adult is still a controversial topic, and, from time to time, I am intrigued to see how such a "liaison" is depicted. As F. est un salaud includes a gay theme as well, there are "mandatory" topics of prostitution, mental issues and drugs, visible through a 25-y.o. and a 15-y.o. males, while the latter is performed by a 20-y.o. actor not looking younger... There are some brave scenes and good camera-work, but the film is primarily a record of young affection and obedience rather than a versatile depiction of characters evolving. Moreover, it leaves some issues unclear as well: was gay life in the 1970ies Switzerland really as open and easy? What about Beni's family when he began to live with Fögi? The ending was also hasty and without any surprise.

As I was referred to this film from a film I really liked I had apparently higher hopes, but I have to recognise that F. est un salaud did not fully conform to my type of nature and values. But those fond of unconditional love and artistic lifestyle might squeeze more out of it.


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Country:

Switzerland | France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 April 1999 (France) See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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