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Je t'aime John Wayne (2000)

Belmonde lives in 1990's London as an iconic, cool Frenchman modeled on the new wave cinema of the 1960's. Really he is English and middle class - a fact that his family won't let him forget!

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Toby MacDonald

Writer:

Luke Ponte
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Marshall ... Belmondo
Camilla Rutherford ... Zazie
Laura Lumley Laura Lumley ... Minne
Mark Rex Mark Rex ... Tim
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Horbury
Charlie Forbes Charlie Forbes ... Philosopher
Chris Elston Chris Elston ... Old Crazy
Natasha Elms Natasha Elms ... Girl on Steps
Christiaan Haig Christiaan Haig ... Kissing Man
Anita Koh Anita Koh ... Kissing Woman (as Anita Rai)
Laura Dewe Matthews Laura Dewe Matthews ... Pretty Girl
Julia Foster ... Mother
Jack David Jack David ... Rascal #1
Ben Harrow Ben Harrow ... Rascal #2
Rory Adamson Rory Adamson ... Rascal #3
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In London, a young man fancies himself Jean Paul Belmondo. His flat is decorated with movie posters, he mutters in French, smokes cigarettes, dresses as if he's in '60's Paris. His mother calls - to her he's Trevor - and reminds him to pick up his younger sister, Minne. He meets up with her; she's accompanied by Tim, a friend. Trevor takes them to a French film. On the way out, he overhears a couple talking. She likes the film, her date doesn't. In character, Trevor punches out the guy. The young woman runs off and Trevor chases her. Has Trevor as Belmondo already pictured this scene? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the subtitles, "Alfa Romeo" is spelt incorrectly as "Alpha Romeo". See more »

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Funny short that makes fun of it's own pretension
16 March 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Belmonde lives in 1990's London as a iconic, cool French man modelled on the new wave cinema of the 1960s. Unfortunately he is actually English and middle class – a fact that his family won't let him forget no matter how hard he tries.

At the start of this short I thought it was yet another pretentious French short harking back to the 60's in style and character. However after a few minutes we find that the ill tempered complex Frenchman Belmonde is really an English boy, pretending to be French. At this point the short becomes more enjoyable, rather than being pretentious it is actually making fun of those films and the people who try to be like them. This actually makes it very funny and I felt free to laugh at this art – without destroying it in my mind.

The `story' doesn't really go anywhere but rather allows a series of scenes where Belmonde is made fun of as he tries to be like his heroes.

It's clever and funny and manages to hold the interest easily for the brief running time. With no story to speak of, it's never going to brilliant, but where many shorts fall into the trap of being artsy and pretentious this side steps this trap by poking fun at it's main character without actually making fun of the art itself (in this case French new wave).


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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 July 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Wayne, s' agapo See more »

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