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I Dreamt Under the Water (2008)

J'ai rêvé sous l'eau (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 2009 (Germany)
In this savagely engaging drama fill with heart, lyust and emotion, a bisexual man's personal journey through the dark Parisian night opens his mind to a myriad of sexual possibilities.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Antonin
... Juliette
... Fabienne
Hicham Nazzal ... Baptiste
... Alex
Hélène Michel ... Babsi
Eva Ionesco ... Femme Sif
Hervé P. Gustave ... Déménageur (as HPG)
Rodrigue Adompo ... Spike
Lidwine Herdhuin ... Christine
Xanaë Bove ... Pénélope (as Xanaé Bove)
Xavier Gaillard ... Marcel (as Xavier Jaillard)
Muriel Michaux ... Magalie
Patricia Dagmey ... Jacqueline
... Lysiane
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In this savagely engaging drama fill with heart, lyust and emotion, a bisexual man's personal journey through the dark Parisian night opens his mind to a myriad of sexual possibilities.

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Love is a drug; sex, an addiction.

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Dysfunctionally inconclusive
19 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Antoine, a handsome boy in his 20s, falls for a straight best friend who does not reciprocate, and being a junkie exits the film quite early. Enter a girl, who seems to make him happy again, after he has tried living as a rent boy with men, having some familial, financial difficulties. But the girl is a junkie too. The only healthy looking guy in the film, someone Antoine meets as a rent boy, is Baptiste, who even offers him a job, and seems to really care for him. His infatuation with the girl has a self-destructive note echoing the self-destructiveness of his paramours, perhaps Baptiste excepted, who is the only one proclaiming love; and in the end all three end up in a sort of confrontation, the promise of a confrontation that is supposed to echo in the spectator.

For what reason one does not gather. The film borrows avant-garde techniques but not a scenario, falling short on that side: not quite impressionistic, not quite developing characters, it remains inconclusive, not in a favorable way. And that makes it a bit toxic, as if it wants to dwell in an underworld with some clear, good-hearted motivation but in a way the soundtrack betrays it with its pop/rock exposure; not maudit enough, it has stayed underwater longer than it should have. Its dream remains water-bewitched.


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