A real gem of a film. Cleverly crafted to give the feel that Etienne has filmed a year of his life with a camcorder, the viewer is immediately brought into his world. This is the year Etienne hopes to win the Gold Medal in the French National fugure-skating competition, and to 'get laid' and he wants to have it all on record. The whole film, from opening to surprisingly abrupt (but fitting) ending is from the camcorder's POV - most often as held by Etienne, who gets into shot when he turns the camera on himself, uses a tripod or hands over to a friend. Take away the credits, ignore the good film and sound quality, and it would be easy to believe you really were watching a home made film. The acting is so natural, especially the embarassment that is shown by some people who are camera shy. My one critisism is not with the film, but the DVD packaging. I did not particularly want a DVD with a cover like this, which is not representative of the film. The US packaging is better.