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Plot

The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clement, one rich…

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.2/10 (1,051 voted)

Director:
Antony Cordier

Stars: Johan Libéreau, Salomé Stévenin, Florence Thomassin

Storyline
The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clement, one rich, one poor. The story of Mickael – judo fanatic and doomed lover – and his parents, both convinced that the sky will one day come crashing down on their heads, and both more than able to cope when it does. Blackly comic, brutally funny, heartbreaking, truthful. A tragi-comedy. About happiness and hardship, sex, luck and catastrophe.

Writers: Antony Cordier, Julie Peyr

Cast:

Johan Libéreau

Mickael


Salomé Stévenin

Vanessa


Florence Thomassin

Annie


Jean-Philippe Écoffey

Gérard


Claire Nebout

Mathilde Steiner


Aurélien Recoing

Louis Steiner


Pierre Perrier

Clément


Denis Falgoux

Philippe


Magali Woch

Natacha


Camille Japy

Isabelle


Dominique Cabrera

L'infirmière


Steve Tran

Tranh, -66 kg


Olivier Dote-Doevi

Xavier, -81 kg


Yoann Monjal

Arnaud, -90 kg


Benoît Bourse

Bruno, +90 kg



Details

Official Website:
Bac Films [France] |

Release Date: 22 June 2005

Filming Locations: La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France



Technical Specs

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User Review

Totally Honest and Sincere

Rating: 8/10


This film deserves a chance to be seen. This teenage coming-of-age
story from France tells nicely against a backdrop of martial arts
(judo), competition, and sex. But it goes beyond to show some nice
subtleties where class, success, and desire play out against one
another to really give you a sense of what the main character is going
through. I was pulled in. And the story just seemed to work and be very
real and personal for me.

The director, who was present at this Toronto International Film
Festival screening, mentioned the story started out as a school project
— something that garnered accolades beyond his expectations. It then
grew into a judo documentary, before morphing again into a personal
coming-of-age story with the director's personal story touches.

The result was excellent and succeeds on many accounts. I'd say it's
worth checking out.