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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Belmondo
... Zazie
Laura Lumley ... Minne
Mark Rex ... Tim
Martin Savage ... Horbury
Charlie Forbes ... Philosopher
Chris Elston ... Old Crazy
Natasha Elms ... Girl on Steps
Christiaan Haig ... Kissing Man
... Kissing Woman (as Anita Rai)
Laura Dewe Matthews ... Pretty Girl
... Mother
Jack David ... Rascal #1
Ben Harrow ... Rascal #2
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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French, but not as you know it
17 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

An utterly wonderful short film showing a day in the life of a Jean Paul Belmondo wannabe, living his life as if the French New Wave had never crashed on the shore of film history. For our hero lives in London, and as such, the whole piece is exquisitely filmed in black and white as a tongue in cheek take on French cinema of the 1950s/1960s, even managing to make many of the scenes and even sets appear to correspond to Breathless.

But that's not all, the quick editing and sublime attention to detail makes this a must see for fans of short spoof films and new wavers alike. Clever, inventive and, so so British, if it wasn't so French.


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