- Actors: Yaniss Lespert, Pierre Mignard, Marie Bunel, Rodolphe Pauly, Jérémie Lippmann
- Directors: Christophe Honoré
- Writers: Christophe Honoré, Diastème
- Producers: Serge Moati, Sophie Deloche
- Format: PAL
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0001K2L74
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Family drama set in Brittany, France. Marcel (Yannis Lespert) is 12 years old, and longs to be treated like an adult by his older brothers - but his mother and father want him to remain as the family's little prince. When Marcel overhears his brother Léo (Pierre Mignard) tell the family that he has AIDS, and that the youngest son is to be protected from the news, he grows increasingly frustrated at watching his family tiptoe around the subject, until finally he snaps and challenges them to speak the truth.
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Even if you do not speak French, the emotional content is self evident and the central characters are well developed.
Not a Hollywood clone, something altogether more thoughtful and provoking.
Leo, a younger-looking Alan Cumming, is the eldest of four brothers in a close-knit and easy-going family from Brittany. Shot in a realistic style, often with a handheld camera, the Breton skies are often grey. Leo is diagnosed with HIV and the rest of the family seek to hide this fact from twelve-year-old Marcel, the youngest sibling. But Marcel has other ideas: "I'm sick of being excluded. You treat me like a baby." And he knows most, if not all that is going on. By trying to protect Marcel from life's hurts and complications, life is made more hurtful and complicated for poor Marcel.
Don't let the HIV aspect put you off this movie; it's really only a thread on which to hang the story of Leo's turbulent relationship with his youngest brother. For when Leo decides to revisit his past in Paris, he takes Marcel along with him for some brother-bonding. When Leo starts throwing his HIV medication into the canal, young Marcel grabs a handful of the tablets and pretends to swallow them, so upset is he of the fear of losing his brother. Who's the kid: Marcel or Leo?
With Christophe Honore both writing the script and directing, one wonders if this film is some kind of personal memoir, but, alas, there are no extras to tell us, apart from other promos and trailers of other movies.
And in that moment appears very first "?" in that storyline. Is it really AIDS or HIV? Leo is 21. It is hard to believe that AIDS managed to develop to such degree that he will die.
I tried to understand the reasons behind Leo's actions, but I just wasn't able. There is too many unclear parts in this story. Why did he visit his ex-boyfriend? Why did he throw away the pills? Why didn't he want to start the treatment? And so on.
Instead of focusing on Leo's plot, the director decides to set his magnifying glass on the youngest Marcel...Which is not bad, but didn't help the viewer understand the choices that are made by Leo.
The film is well played, for sure. But the storyline didn't meet my expectations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heartbreaking film with awesome performances. Didn't make me cry. But there is a fairly hot scene of almost gay sex.Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by BigAl82
I enjoy French films but the small boy was not endearing and like mostbfrench films a lot is left to speculation.
I decided that it was not worth a second viewing.... Read more