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Presque rien (Come Undone) (2000)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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68

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,612

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The third collaboration between screenwriter Stephane Bouquet and writer/director Sebastien Lifshitz, Presque Rien is the story of a young French man coming to terms with his mother's depression, and his own homosexuality, during a summer holiday in France. Delicately handsome Mathieu (Jeremie Elkaim) has come to a seaside resort town with his sisters Annick (Marie Matheron) and Sarah (Laetitia Legrix) and his mother (Dominique Reymond), who has suffered from a crippling depression ever since

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Art House & International, Drama

Jan 8, 2002

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (7)

Come Undone is the coming-of-age romance French-style, with emotions nuanced, effects subtle. But it's also achingly slow, at times bleak and, in the end, frustratingly and regrettably, rather pointless.

November 30, 2001
Boston Globe
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While Come Undone has some explicit material, what makes it a mature and special work is its embrace of the knotty and unfamiliar.

November 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Those who like to explore movies will find plenty to admire.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Although Come Undone deals with serious, difficult subjects ... it handles them kindly and with little angst.

September 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A delicately managed piece that is by turns intimately detailed and elliptical.

September 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Sticks to a standard of emotional honesty in following Mathieu's journey, and casting a shrewd eye as he stumbles toward self-awareness.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The sex scenes are bluntly beautiful, the boys are natural, superb actors, and you'll find yourself more than ready to embrace "Come Undone" as one of the great tales of amour.

May 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Gay.com UK
Gay.com UK

It is heartfelt, and is full of intense feelings and insights into love.

February 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hopefully, even those who fail to accept the director's stylistic experiments will still appreciate the beautifully acted, disarming picture of youth and love.

February 7, 2002 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

If you found films like But I'm a Cheerleader or Edge of Seventeen profoundly unimaginative, Sebastien Lifshitz, making his directorial debut, has something to show you.

December 14, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If you leave the theater for even a minute, you'll be lost, given the way Come Undone jumps around.

December 13, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A highly credible, if rather unexceptional, look at the many insecurities and occasional joys of young love.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

A grey, sullen treatment of an increasingly hackneyed subject, marked by opaque characterizations and a fractured, disjointed narrative style.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Lifshitz has made a serious, at times quite genuine coming-out drama.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Deals with sex in terms of feelings, deep feelings, and with no need to reach for a cheap punch line in order to make everything 'acceptable' for audiences.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's nothing new, but worth a viewing if only for the performances of Elkaïm and Rideau.

October 3, 2001 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

It impressionistically paints a portrait of a young man attempting to come to grips with himself and with life, without offering any simplistic solutions.

September 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Starts out enigmatically, but ends at an escargot's pace.

September 7, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

I couldn't keep myself from checking my watch as my impatience with incoherent nature of the film grew.

September 6, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

An incisive, often graphic portrait of a troubled young man.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Presque rien (Come Undone)

The actors seem very natural together, depicting the intensity and wonder of the first love, but the movie has a big problem in its fragmented narrative, which jumps randomly in time from one moment to another, making the story less fluid and not too easy to relate to.
April 3, 2012
blacksheepboy

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I can appreciate the story that it trys to tell - a young man trying to come to terms with his sexuality (and all that it entails).
The cast was exceptional. And the potential is there for a very moving and powerful film.
However, with the exception of one fairly graphic sex scene (which was more gratuitous then story strengthening)...I feel that the film is (ultimately) too subtle for it's own good.
May 15, 2009
RCCLBC
Robert C

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Come Undone" starts out with Mathieu(Jeremie Elkaim) leaving a city on a train...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]...then it flashes back to a summer vacation at the beach where 18-year old Mathieu is staying with his sister, Sarah(Laeitia Legrix), and their invalid mother(Dominique Raymond) who is being cared for by Annick(Marie Matheron). One day at the beach, Mathieu meets Cedric(Stephane Rideau), a good looking local man about the same age. Mutual attraction between the two men quickly blossoms into love...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]...in between the two time frames, Mathieu has just been admitted to a hospital for undisclosed reasons.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Come Undone" has an interesting structure but it is only used to disguise the lackadaisical pacing of the main story line. Still, the film is a worthwhile tale of a young man coming of age and experiencing his first love.[/font]
June 6, 2006
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Walter M.

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