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Because of a Boy - You'll get Over It [DVD]

Julien Baumgartner , Julia Maraval    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julien Baumgartner, Julia Maraval, Jérémie Elkaïm
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074I149W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,512 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the spirit of other successful high school coming out tales such as Edge of Seventeen, Dare and Get Real, Because of a Boy is an important entry into the New Queer Cinema canon.

Vincent is an average high school boy, a good student, and a star swimmer. Life literally goes by swimmingly, that is until handsome new kid Benjamin (Jérémie Elkaïm, Presque Rien) arrives at the school, kicking up some serious inner turmoil. You see, Vincent is beginning to come to terms with his sexuality, yet he is terrified of upsetting feisty girlfriend Noémie and his conservative family. With passions riding high, Vincent s idyllic life begins to crumble, culminating in the school messageboard being covered in graffiti labeling him a "fag". Slowly but surely, Vincent adapts to life as a young gay man, and finds that it isn't such a terrifying thing after all.

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"Charts universal truths about adolescent romance and high school politics with great aplomb" --Chicago Reader

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `When You're Living a Lie You're Trapped' 13 Jun 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a French film made for TV but despite that is rather superior in most respects. It is a coming out tale but not one that is often dealt with. This is about Vincent, he is seventeen and a role model to his school mainly because he is the super cool best swimmer in their team. With an expanding coterie of female admirers and the devotion of best mate Stephane he also has a relationship with Neomie, she is madly in heart with him and he does nowt to dissuade her - quite the reverse in fact, the little tyke.

He also has a lover, whom he has to invent lies to be with. He lives at home with over caring and doting mum, a socialist father and an elder brother who is unemployed and a bit of a tosser. Things come to a head (forgive the awful pun) when a new bloke turns up and takes an instant shine to Vincent. What happens next is a tale of betrayal, humiliation, family let down and a whole caboodle of grief for Vincent. At one stage his boyfriend says, that it is not his fault he can not come out to his mum. Well some do need a hand and others just can't wait or it is obvious, either way people should be allowed to choose.

I thought this was one of the best screen displays of just how homophobic society can be, and it is often justified by them saying things like `why didn't you tell me?' The idea that every conversation has to start with a declaration of your sexual orientation has always struck me as strange when heterosexuals never are expected to do it. Still I digress, I absolutely loved this film, I found it well acted, engrossing and for a made for TV effort the camera work and production standards were exceptionally good.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming Out Story - French TV Film 21 Mar 2012
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This made-for-TV French coming-out film (A Cause d'un Garçon, 2003) has been released by Pecadillo before as You'll Get Over It (2004), the subtitle of this version. (I had hoped that a Blu-ray disc of Because of A Boy would be offered, but that does not seem to be the case.)

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

Vincent and Noemie and Bruno are best buddies with typical teen dreams of travel after school. Vincent and Noemie are a couple and are virgins. Bruno likes Noemie but knows that she has eyes for Vincent. Benjamin is a new student at the school whose gaydar tells him that Vincent is interested. When they are seen together, Vincent is outed at school and to Noemie. Vincent's brother, never his fan, causes problems at home. Vincent's swim team buddies prove to be nastily homophobic, but the coach is not, and works with him separately. Bruno sees a chance opening up for him and Noemie, but does not abandon his good friend even as Noemie proves unreceptive, and ultimately brings Vincent and Benjamin together.

Vincent, of course, wants the close, comfortable relationship with Noemie to continue, but she is a realist. Like many TV fairy tales the loose ends all mesh together by the end, but we see only the tentative first steps by Vincent and Benjamin over the closing credits.

The Speedos are skimpy, and there is plenty of skin in the locker room, and Vincent and Noemie hook up as Vincent attempts to skirt the truth, but the male-male action is limited to kissing.

None of the school characters look their stated ages, but they are all fresh and bright and fill the roles well.

Although Because of a Boy is predictable, it is fun to watch the story unfold.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming Out Saga with something new to say 10 Nov 2012
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First thought - oh another film about a popular teenager with lovely girlfriend who realises he's gay and is outed/outs himself to friends/family then has rotten time for awhile and then evrything's fine in the end.
Actually that's exactly what this is but a)it's done with French flair and b) there are a few plot variances that kept this more interesting...
Firstly, Vincent already knows he's gay and already is having sex with his secret gay lover. Secondly, he's not "too good to be true" and is quite a self-centered git in many ways (like how he treats his girlfriend and how he reacts to a teacher who trys to help him) which is a lot more honest & realistic about how 17yr olds really are.
Leads were handsome but really too old to convince as 17yrs old. The girlfriend actually looked more that age but acted way too mature & sophisticated (she should have had a least one tantrum over the way he treated her). Is it just me (?) but I thought Vincent's best (straight) friend was the dishiest and with a real cheeky grin!
Enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, but could have been better 7 April 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Because Of A Boy - previously released as You'll Get Over It - is very comparable to Juste Une Question D'Amour, made two years earlier (in 2000), also for French television. In this film it seems as if the director wanted to create something less based in talking, less contrived, in a way, than the other film, good though it was in many ways. In fact it was more romantic than this one, which has too few scenes with the potential boyfriends, I think, particularly when the love interest comes in the form of the swoonsome Jeremie Elkaim, a dangerous outsider starting at a new school. I definitely thought his role should have been bigger, as the film goes into a higher gear whenever he is on screen. Rather than this, director Fabrice Cazeneuve spends quite a lot of time showing Vincent's family's reaction to his gayness, which follows quite a predictable arc and is not all that interesting really, although well acted, and gives quite a lot of space to his girlfriend, which again seems only moderately interesting given that their friendship is quite unsatisfactory. These aspects needed something less obvious to raise them above the level of a soap opera, or otherwise could have been left more on the fringes of the film. I also thought Vincent was not totally convincing, in that he was already carrying on with another man and then has sex with his girlfriend - the first part of the equation seems to be carried out with too much assurance for a seventeen year old who in no way is open about his orientation. Surely it is far more likely that he would be confining himself to stolen glances in the locker room, given the way his personality is presented. It is not helped by the fact that he looks considerably older than 17 as well. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it
Published 27 days ago by Henryk Walkowiak
3.0 out of 5 stars summary
dear amazon!this film is nice,two young boys meet in the swimming pool and try to love eachader,the problem i miss more romace,more love and erorica,the film lettle booring for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by kis andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars was very interesting film
After watching this film have to say was good story line and a very interesting film, Would recomend this to all who enjoy these types of films.
Published 9 months ago by gary southall
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Insightful, honest, moving...
An inspired and accomplished work of art.
Baumgartner brings a French finesse and directness to a life-changing and traumatic turning-point... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael J. Wimbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Amazing, But Really Like It.
`Because of a boy' is a French film with English subs, it starts off with the main guy, a right cutie if you ask me, winning a swimming tournament and I got the impression he's a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Beaumont
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book, nice heartwarming story
I would not say that the film is great, but I enjoyed it, nice heart warming story. Well worth four stars I think.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Michael Cheshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Gay life in Paris
Another French coming out story but in a Parisian background with a young leading sportsman - a swimmer - and his troubles - excellent portrayals with the problems of homophobic... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. C. Wyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars A really nice coming-out film
I've not much to add to earlier reviews. This is a really nice coming-out film, depicting the difficulties of coming out, but with not too much angst. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gay Londoner
3.0 out of 5 stars it was good but a bit slow.
The movie took a while to get to it. I have it 3 stars as it was good movie and there was nothing new really in this movie. But it was sweet.
Published 21 months ago by Joanne Belaes
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