Tuesday, June 17, 2008

the beautiful person.






[via ioncinema.com and allocine.fr]
Co-written by the director and Gilles Taurand, La Belle Personne is a contemporary adaptation of French literary classic The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette (1678). The film retraces the misadventures of Junie (Seydoux, mademoiselle de Chartres in the book). Aged 16, the young girl changes high school in the middle of the academic year, following the death of her mother. She joins a new class that includes her cousin Esteban, who introduces her to his group of friends. Junie is soon courted by the boys in the group and becomes the fiancée of the quietest young man, Grégoire (the book’s Prince of Cleves). But soon she falls overwhelmingly in love, with Nemours (Duke of Nemours in the novel), her Italian teacher (Garrel). But their passion is doomed as Junie, not wishing to surrender to her feelings, refuses to give in to happiness, which in her eyes is just an illusion.
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mmm, a convoluted french love story. pretty, lovelorn-looking, artistic-type characters too. shall have to catch this!

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