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Grande école (2004)

Paul and Agnes have been going out for quite a while and Agnes is shocked to learn that he'd rather live with two roommates on campus than move in with her. As soon as he meets one of his ... See full summary »

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Robert Salis

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Robert Salis (scenario), Jean-Marie Besset (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grégori Baquet Grégori Baquet ... Paul
Alice Taglioni ... Agnès
Jocelyn Quivrin ... Louis-Arnault
Élodie Navarre ... Emeline
Arthur Jugnot Arthur Jugnot ... Chouquet
Salim Kechiouche ... Mécir
Éva Darlan ... Mme Chouquet (as Eva Darlan)
Lakshantha Abenayake Lakshantha Abenayake ... Le journaliste incarcéré
Yasmine Belmadi Yasmine Belmadi ... Ouvrier flash-back 1
Jacques Collard Jacques Collard ... Un invité
Jo Prestia ... Le chef de chantier
Jamal Hadir Jamal Hadir ... Le frère de Mécir
Gilbert Desveaux Gilbert Desveaux ... Un professeur
Arnaud Binard ... L'entraîneur de water-polo
Adan Jodorowsky ... L'étudiant start-up (as Adam Jodorowsky)
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Storyline

Paul and Agnes have been going out for quite a while and Agnes is shocked to learn that he'd rather live with two roommates on campus than move in with her. As soon as he meets one of his roommates, Louis-Anault, Paul's behavior changes - he is attracted to Louis without realizing so himself. Agnes, on the other hand, gets quite jealous and offers a bet: Whoever gets to have Louis-Anault first, wins... If she does, Paul will no longer explore his homosexual desires, if he does - she'll walk away. Meanwhile, Paul meets Mecir, a young Arab worker, who shows him there's more to life than elite colleges... Written by Wolfgang Schmitt

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 February 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gran escuela See more »

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$16,706
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(PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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E lucevan le stelle
(extrait de "Tosca")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Orchestre symphonique de Florence
Conducted by Bruno Rigacci
© Ricordi e Salabert
(p) 1994 BMG
Avec l'aimable autorisation de BMG France
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Intricate and true -- coming of age for adults
8 May 2005 | by billprideSee all my reviews

The title translates to "The Best of Schools," the school of life. This film really makes me wish I was fluent in French, including idioms and nuances that must be flowing every moment. Subtitles just can't cut it. But there's a great line in the film, which translates pretty well, I think: "You don't get it at all. Hetero, homo, all that's finished. It's outdated and it doesn't matter." In the "Making of..." feature, the director (Robert Salis) says, "...the theme is based on the notion of choice, or, actually, the disobeying of imposed choices...." and "crisscross desire" (which he insists is not the same as sex). He also said, "...it's like a dresser with drawers on top of one another. To find out the complete contents you have to open the drawers separately one after another." He does just that very skillfully.

Needless to say, it's a complex film, with happy parts, sad parts, sex galore (men with women, and a man with a man), sexy men showing full frontal nudity, and all that. About halfway through, it felt exactly like "Maurice," (and Salis even mentioned that film in the "Making of..."), but then it changed to something totally different after that. This isn't a Gay film. It's a "men who have sex with men" film. "MSM" is a term sex researchers use because most men would never self-identify as Gay, but usually will privately admit if they've had sex with men.

There's a lot more depth, but I'm not going to analyze it to death. Great movie! Watch it. Don't watch the trailer or the "Making of..." or anything else first though.

Back to "desire": Salis'closing line in the "Making of..." is, "There's only love and the lack of love. And desire naturally goes hand in hand with the lack and nourishes itself." I think I'll have to watch the movie all over again now to understand that.


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