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I Am Jonas (2018)

Jonas (original title)
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Two moments of Jonas's life intertwine, each reflecting the other: in 1995, when he was a secretive teenager, and 18 years later, as an attractive and impulsive thirty-something looking for balance in his life.
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Félix Maritaud ... Jonas adulte
Nicolas Bauwens Nicolas Bauwens ... Jonas adolescent
Tommy-Lee Baïk Tommy-Lee Baïk ... Nathan
Aure Atika ... La mère de Nathan
Marie Denarnaud ... La mère de Jonas
Ilian Bergala Ilian Bergala ... Léonard
Pierre Cartonnet Pierre Cartonnet ... Le père de Jonas
Marcel Bouzige Marcel Bouzige ... Le garçon moqueur
Nicolas Sartous Nicolas Sartous ... Le prédateur
David Baïot David Baïot ... Samuel
Julien Naccache Julien Naccache ... Mec Grindr (as Julien Nacache)
Ingrid Graziani Ingrid Graziani ... Caroline adulte
Edith Saulnier ... Caroline adolescente
Constance Lecavelle Constance Lecavelle ... Petite amie Léonard
Jean-Luc Rehel Jean-Luc Rehel ... Le voisin
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Boys (Jonas) is a mystery told in two separate timelines. In the first, it's 1997 and Jonas is entering 9th grade. A new boy in school immediately catches his eye. Perhaps it's the bad-boy scar on his cheek or his devil-may-care attitude, but Jonas is smitten. The two boys quickly become friends and before long are skipping class to kiss in an empty gymnasium. In the film's other timeline, it's 2015 and the excitement of a teenager in love has been replaced with the sorrow of a man who can't escape the past. The adult version of Jonas (Félix Maritaud, outstanding in this year's sexually graphic Sauvage and last year's ImageOut favorite BPM) is a broken man. His boyfriend has thrown him out for cheating on him a few too many times, and he's been arrested for getting into a fight at Boys, a local gay bar. There's something about the bar that seems to set him off. He meanders through life still carrying that same old Game Boy, trying to fill a hole that can't be filled. So what happened ...

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Beautiful And Sad
21 May 2019 | by birkgezSee all my reviews

I saw the wonderful Felix Maritaud in BPM, and hope to get a copy of Sauvage, but in this, Jonas, again, a sublime performance from him, as was the case with all the actors here. And yes, I shed a few tears at the end. Beautiful and sad and as the two stories come together, you understand why Jonas is such a flawed adult, haunted by what happened in his youth. The writing and directing excellent also. This is Art, simple as that. Give me films like Jonas any day over the many embarrassingly cringeworthy gay films out there (usually from the U.S). Bravo to all involved in the creation of Jonas.


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France

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French

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16 November 2018 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toulon, Var, France

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16 : 9
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