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The Man I Love (1997)

L'homme que j'aime (original title)
This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties... See full summary »

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Stéphane Giusti
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Jean-Michel Portal Jean-Michel Portal ... Lucas
Marcial Di Fonzo Bo Marcial Di Fonzo Bo ... Martin
Mathilde Seigner ... Lise
Vittoria Scognamiglio Vittoria Scognamiglio ... Rose
Jacques Hansen Jacques Hansen ... Père de Lucas
Stéphane Lévêque Stéphane Lévêque ... Mathieu
Karim Lounis Karim Lounis ... Pablo
Bernard Nissile Bernard Nissile ... Millau
Bruno Bonomo Bruno Bonomo ... Prêtre
Stéphane Giusti Stéphane Giusti ... Jérôme
Benjamin Sanchiarelli Benjamin Sanchiarelli ... Enfant aux fleurs
Serguei Tourountsev Serguei Tourountsev ... Doublure plongeon
Nedjib Djebarri Nedjib Djebarri ... Enfant piscine 1
Louis Philippe Lopez Louis Philippe Lopez ... Enfant piscine 2
Elisabeth Giusti Elisabeth Giusti ... Infirmière Martin 1
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This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties, the bitter-sweet pleasures of first love and the dreadful moment when one comes down to reality and realizes that one's beloved friend has a hard way to go yet. The positive message the film tries to transmit is the somewhat common motto "Live each day of your life as if it were your last." Written by Guy33134

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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An unknown little gem
1 March 2006 | by ImpishSee all my reviews

After seeing Brokeback Mountain, I've been adding to my film library more gay-themed films. Because I'm a collector, I've been buying films I haven't seen before.

Some of them are simply awful in their script, acting, and/or direction, but remain in my library because of the "piece of history" they represent. And once in a while, I hit upon a truly outstanding film that surpasses expectations in all these ways.

L'Homme Que J'Aime ("The Man I love") is one such hidden gem. The story is moving, the characters charming, the acting believable, and everything put together by a competent director.

Like Brokeback Mountain, the story involves an ostensibly straight man falling for another man, but this time, the object of his affection is an openly gay man. To Americans, that may seem to stretch the realm of possibility too far. I lived in France for a year, and the plot line seemed perfectly believable to me in the context of French culture. Note also that this film was made for French TV... which tells me that the story was considered "mainstream" enough to be broadcast in France.

This little gem of a movie is available on DVD, and I highly recommend it. In French, with optional English subtitles.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 December 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann meines Herzens See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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