Noce Blanche is the story of a relationship between a teacher and one of his students. I first watched this about five years ago, and it is still one of my favourite films. I suspect, like most men, I bought this more due to the appeal of seeing a (then 18 years old) Vanessa Paradis flaunting around in her birthday suit than with a view to any greater understanding of foreign cinema. Ahem. Well, I'm pleased to say that the film doesn't disappoint in this respect. The nudity is fairly subtle, though, and of an artistic, realistic, form; if you're expecting a fantasy film you may be a little disappointed. The love scenes, also, are virtually none existent, but don't let this spoil your enjoyment: this is a top quality film and well worth buying.
I was surprised to discover a mature and realistic drama. This is well written, and perfectly captures both the teenage and middle aged vulnerabilities and torments that ravage us all. All that pining: Oh to be mature and sophisticated; oh to be young again. This is excellent; sweet at times, sour at others, never anything less than realistic and unforgiving. The acting is exemplary (Paradis won a César award). The characters are well developed, confidently acted and mature (it has to be said, once again: it seems foreign cinema is the place to rediscover what it is like to be an adult -- watch and compare this to some of the OTT childish dross masquerading as adult drama on TV nowadays). The cinematography and locations are also beautifully filmed, and the story is paced well, drawing you into the plot and leaving you... Well, I won't give the game away but the ending is powerful and sadly believable.
All in all, I can't recommend this enough. This is a film that will both stay with you, and find a place amongst your favourite DVD's. If it opens the door to a more mature and sophisticated taste in entertainment, also, it can't be too bad, can it?