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Come Undone (2000)

Presque rien (original title)
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Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jérémie Elkaïm ... Mathieu (as Jeremie Elkaïm)
Stéphane Rideau Stéphane Rideau ... Cédric (as Stephane Rideau)
Marie Matheron Marie Matheron ... Annick
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... La mère
Laetitia Legrix ... Sarah
Nils Öhlund Nils Öhlund ... Pierre
Réjane Kerdaffrec Réjane Kerdaffrec ... La psychiatre (as Rejane Kerdaffrec)
Guy Houssier Guy Houssier ... Le père de Cédric
Violeta Ferrer Violeta Ferrer ... La mère de Pierre
Robert Darmel Robert Darmel ... Le patron du café
Charline Levaque Charline Levaque ... L'aide soignante
Sarah Reyjasse Sarah Reyjasse ... La vendeuse de gaufres
Eric Savin ... Le copain d'Annick
Gildas Chotard Gildas Chotard ... Le videur
Maxence Rabret Maxence Rabret ... Le petit garçon de la plage
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Eighteen-year-old Mathieu vacations at the beach with his family when he meets local teen Cédric. After an extremely erotic kiss, the boys begin a passionate romance, complete with skinny-dipping at night, nude dancing on the beach and intense lovemaking in the dunes; yet, as Mathieu grapples with his sexuality and copes with his sick mother, absent father and annoying kid sister, his bond with Cédric grows stronger until it bursts. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 June 2000 (France) See more »

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Come Undone See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,496, 13 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,867, 13 February 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Cédric: I want you to stay. You hear me? I want you to stay with me.
[Mathieu does not respond]
Cédric: So, it didn't mean anything?
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Written by Christophe Dalla-Ca - Olivier Raymond
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Well-intentioned story of sexual awakening
26 February 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

PRESQUE RIEN

(USA: Come Undone /UK: Almost Nothing)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

While visiting his sick mother in Brittany during summer recess, a teenage boy (Jérémie Elkaïm) falls in love with a local youth (Stéphane Rideau), but their relationship falters as Elkaïm is cut adrift from all that was once familiar to him, with near-tragic consequences.

Sébastien Lifshitz's intimate drama chronicles the sexual awakening of a naive teenager over the course of an idyllic summer, recounted in piecemeal fashion as the director cuts abruptly between timeframes, from Elkaïm and Rideau's love affair to the former's subsequent hospitalization following an off-screen suicide attempt, rendered 'naturalistic' by hand-held camera-work and some improvized dialogue exchanges in key scenes. The results are confusing, to say the least: Just as the boys begin to strike out from their families and forge a life for themselves, Elkaïm slips into depression (why?) and appears to reject Rideau (why?), after which he goes looking for him again, only to find solace in unexpected quarters.

Anyone hoping for a rose-tinted love story will come away feeling more than a little disappointed, though Lifshitz refuses to compromise the sexual aspects of his own screenplay (co-written with Stéphane Bouqet): Elkaïm and Rideau are completely nude in several sequences, and there's a memorable, full-on sex session amongst the sand dunes which should satisfy all but the most ardent porn-watcher. But the boys' attachment is complicated by their relationship with their respective families, especially Elkaïm, who feels unable to declare his burgeoning sexuality because of a recent tragedy which has driven his father away and confined his mother to her sick-bed. Sad, complex and not a little frustrating, the movie works its magic in quiet ways, but it's a little too cold and dispassionate to satisfy all tastes.

Nicely produced on a modest budget, the film also stars Dominique Reymond, Marie Matheron and Laetitia Legrix as the three women in Elkaïm's life (mother, aunt and sister, respectively), along with Nils Ohlund as one of Rideau's former boyfriends, who figures heavily in the narrative's closing stages. The two leads are fine in difficult roles, and both have become iconic figures in European gay cinema: Rideau starred in such well-regarded Queer movies as WILD REEDS (1994), FULL SPEED (1996), TRANSFIXED (1997), SITCOM (1998) and THREE DANCING SLAVES (2003), while Elkaïm - who looks like a Bel Ami porn beauty - also appears in the gay-themed drama YOU'LL GET OVER IT (2002) as the love object of handsome Julien Baumgartner (SEXY BOYS). Director Lifshitz made his feature debut with the French TV production LES TERRES FROIDES (1999) following a series of short films with Queer themes, and his latest entry is WILD SIDE (2004), another perceptive exploration of omnisexual angst.

(French dialogue)


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