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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,706
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(PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Andante du Concerto pour Piano No 2 Opus 101
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by Orchestre symphonique de la Radio d'URSS
Conducted by Maxim Shostakovich (as Maxim Chostakovitch)
Performed by Eugene List (piano)
© 1976 Melodia
Avec l'aimable autorisation des éditions Le Chant du Monde
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Has its moments
8 July 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Paul (Gregori Baquet) is attending a prestigious university in France. He has a girlfriend named Agnes (Alice Taglioni) who is puzzled why he won't live with her. Paul becomes sexually attracted to handsome roommate Louis-Arnault (Jocelyn Quivrin) but won't admit it, while handsome Arab Mecir (Salim Kerchrouche) makes it clear that he loves Paul. What is Paul to do?

Has its moments. When it sticks to Paul, Mecir and Louis-Arnault and the sexual aspect it's absolutely fascinating. But they continuously keep throwing in long boring speeches about business and politics that bring things to a screeching halt. Also (with the sole exception of Mecir) most of the characters are very unlikable and cruel. Paul's girlfriend especially comes across badly and Paul himself is whiny. It ends in a very muddled way with an unsatisfying ending.

The acting is all pretty good. Baquet is a bit too whiny but Quivrin and especially Kerchrouch are very good. The one sex scene is done very tastefully and there is quite a bit of casual female and male nudity (this would get an NC-17 if it had been rated). All in all not too good but some bright moments and acting make it worth a look. I give it a 7.


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