Ma Vie [DVD]
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On his sixteenth birthday, Etienne is given a video camera so he can record his figure skating sessions as he prepares for the French Cup. Obsessed with his new toy, he begins recording every detail of his daily life and of those close to him. But does Etienne know what it means when he tells his best friend that this will be "the year of love" - and will he be able to unearth the answer to his question...
"Set to become a classic of gay cinema" --Evening Standard
"A fine reflection of a fragile teenage state of mind" --Sunday Times
"An Uplifting Film" --Attitude
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I am loathed to say 'art for art's sake' but in this case, I must. The Director has tried to make a film which is innocent, gentle and believing purporting to represent the concerns of adolescence. The construct is around a 16 year old boy who receives his own digital camera for his birthday, and proceeds to record every aspect of his life ad nausea. His story follows the most important people in his life as one would expect, namely his mother, his best friend, a teacher and his step-father. At the same time there is an ever present under-current of self-exploration, which is only revealed late in the film. The direction attempts to show this experience and expression as a 16 year old boy with a camera would, and descends into a shaky at times forced artistic expression. Whilst such direction is fanciful and different, it begs the question.
The cast are surprisingly good, and the young Lucas Bonnifait is a strong presence throughout the film. His step-father whilst saying little has an unnatural obsession with his step-son (ironically there is no formal marriage between him and Etienne's mother) . At moments the audience is disturbed at his actions, although to the Director's credit he does not overtly offend. Similarly, his best friend's inane vanity and lust-filled obsession with girls who he clearly does not respect, makes for an excellent moral comparison with Etienne who is ultimately seeking love and not lust.Read more ›
The voyeuristic novelty of watching someones filmed diary soon wears very thin, and plot points such as the relationship between the lead characters Mother and her new lover (the teacher) are purely skipped over. After a very mundane middle section the film just starts becoming silly, with several farcical scenes (i.e. pointless ice skating, lover falls over cliff, lead character saved and seduced by randomly passing homosexual man, etc).
If you are looking for great French cinema or a decent gay movie then this is certainly not it. There are far, far better gay films to choose from and countless superior foriegn language films. Save your money and time and avoid this!
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Heard about this movie and now have added to my collection. 100% reviewPublished 19 months ago by Sutherland
This was a film that had only one seen were you see the main actor in bed and someone jumping into to bed then black screen end of film. There was nothing gay about this film. Read morePublished on 1 April 2010 by Sottish guy