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The Beautiful Person (2008)

La belle personne (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 6 March 2009 (USA)
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Cute Junie starts at her cousin Matthias' high school and class after her mom's death. She meets his friends. The boys want to date her - even her handsome, young Italian teacher.


Christophe Honoré


Christophe Honoré (scenario), Gilles Taurand (scenario) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Louis Garrel ... Nemours
Léa Seydoux ... Junie
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Otto
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ... Matthias
Simon Truxillo Simon Truxillo ... Henri
Agathe Bonitzer ... Marie
Anaïs Demoustier ... Catherine
Valérie Lang Valérie Lang ... Florence Perrin
Jacob Lyon Jacob Lyon ... Jacob
Jean-Michel Portal Jean-Michel Portal ... Estouteville
Martin Siméon Martin Siméon ... Martin
Chantal Neuwirth ... Nicole - la patronne du café Sully
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louka Anargyros Louka Anargyros
Thomas Anargyros Thomas Anargyros
Gabriel Attal Gabriel Attal


Sixteen-year old Junie changes high school mid-year, following the death of her mother. She finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias, who introduces her to his friends. All the boys want to date Junie, and she chooses the quietest among them, Otto Cleves. But soon after, she encounters the great love of her life, Nemours, her Italian teacher. The passion that burns between them is, however, doomed. Junie refuses to give in to her feelings and persists in denying herself happiness, which in her eyes is merely illusory. Written by American Film Market

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


In the scene in which Junie enters a café and smiles briefly at a woman, the woman she is smiling at is Chiara Mastroianni. Mastroianni played Catherine de Clèves in The Letter (1999), another adaptation of La Princesse de Clèves which The Beautiful Person (2008) was based on. See more »


Nemours: I'm lost as you are.
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Le Clavier Bien Tempéré
Prélude BWV 847
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Luc Beauséjour Kapagama
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Awful, but Léa Seydoux Is Indeed Beautiful
22 December 2014 | by elision10See all my reviews

I know as an older American it may be I simply don't get at French high schoolers act these days. But even the adults in this film seem foolish. The characters are sketchily drawn, and the plot is thin with illogical twists and stretches that test your patience.

The one redeeming feature is Léa Seydoux. Her character may be unfathomable as the rest, but at least it's understandable why everyone keeps on falling in love with her. She's also a rather amazing actor; hard to tell it here but her performance in Blue Is the Warmest Color was terrific, and not because we get to see her naked a lot.

One other thing that bothered me about this film was that almost all the actors were so good-looking. I'm sure French high schools have a certain percentage of uglies as everywhere else.

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