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VINE VOICEon 15 September 2007
I am not normally one for this type of film - where romantic love can happen fully and completely within a couple of hours - but this film really touched me. I think the Amazon synopsis is a bit too brief, so I will try to elaborate;

Laurent is a young, gay student sharing an appartment with Carole and studying at an agricultural college. Laurent has kept his sexuality a secret from his parents; when his cousin came out to his family, they (and Laurent's parents) blocked him out of their lives - even refusing to visit him in hospital in the few weeks he had left to live after contracting Hepatitis. To avoid such a reaction, Laurent and Carole pretend they are an item.

Laurent is letting his studies fall behind, so is sent off for an internship with (the rather ruggedly handsome) Cedric, a government-funded researcher who lives and works with his mother, running the garden centre/nursery initiated by his deceased father . In the close, private quarters of Cedric's home-based laboratory, Laurent soon falls for Cedric. Time soon puts pressure on Laurent to be honest with his parents, but the experience of his cousin's treatment adds anxiety. From here the story builds.

The film surprised me with the level of intolerance shown by the family - it was presented as fairly normal, so it would appear French society is much less tolerant than the UK - but the handling of the relationships was well balanced and didn't seem as contrived as other films. There are a few, very mild, sex scenes, so I would recommend this as a 'safe' film for any parents or friends who might want to understand the difficulty involved with coming out.

My only problem with the film was a technical blunder - the english subtitles are peculiarly arranged so the top line is placed very high up and interferes a little with the picture so it would be good if manufacturers could sort this out, but it isn't too annoying if you are just renting it.
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