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JUST A QUESTION OF HONESTY
on 6 February 2008
The main issue here is honesty. W ith oneself, with ones family and with the world.Laurent(Cyrille Thouvenin),is a 23 year old gay college student who is on the verge of loosing his place the school as he goes through a crisis over the death of his gay cousin Marc. To retain his place,the school director offers an apprenticship at a Garden Centre owned and managed by Cedric(Stephane Guerin Tillie), an openly gay young professional and his totally accepting mother Emma (Eva Darlan). The Garden Centre also houses Cedric's research laboratory where Laurent takes up his apprenticeship. What starts as a trainee/mentor relationship develops into love as both are obviously attracted to each other. The problems start when Cedric wants to take the relationship further by wanting to meet Laurent's parents who are totally unaware of their son's sexual orientation-thanks to his flatmate Carole (Caroline Veyt)who also obliges as his alibi girlfriend. Laurent's insistence in remaining "in the closet" towards his family puts not only a strain on their young relationship but also starts to unnerve Carole who realises that Laurent's hesitation is also due to his desperate attempt to "remain" heterosexual for his parents sake. There are accusations,recriminations and ugly altercations until this train headed towards destruction and mutual misery is brought to a halt by the person who cares the most for both Cedric and Laurent.
This is by far the best gay coming out story I have seen. Stripped of Hollywood cliches and told in a very straightforward, unsentimental, realistic and marvelously crafted manner (as only the french film makers can), this story brings home the point of the coming out dilemma that gay people the world over are confronted with. It is a sweet love story without being saccharine. The actors/actresses are all great and the chemistry between Thouvenin and Guerin Tillie just makes the screen spark and sizzle. Six million people in France saw this film when it was aired on french television. Entertaining as well as thought provoking, it is a testimony to -as Laurent says "... not a question of being gay or heterosexual, it is just a question of love". This is a film definitely worth watching and owning.