Presque Rien - a very French art house movie


Presque rien (France/Belgium, 2000)

Seen: Thursday, 18th March 2010 (cinema, LGBT retrospective)
Runtime: 100′
Director: Sébastien Lifshitz
Cast: Jérémie Elka?m, Stéphane Rideau
Production House: Lancelot Films, Man's Films, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), arte France Cinéma
Plot: (from imdb)

Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother’s summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys.


Rating: -1 (Disliked it)

Impressions In Short
It’s one of those films that embodies what I don’t like about French cinema ;-P Beautifully shot and very cinematic, but pretentious and lacking actual content.

More About the Film
After I left the cinema I was wondering not just what the point of the movie was, but what the storyline was. The narration is non-linear and many things are left ambiguous. I mean, it’s not that it was annoying exactly (if it had been then I’d have probably rated it -2 ;-P), it’s just that it felt a bit purposeless.
It is very beautifully shot and very cinematic though.

Possibly recommended to those who like French cinema or just generally very “cinematic” films. Those who like a strong plot or vivid characters will probably be disappointed.

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