Garçon Stupide (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Garçon Stupide
It's voyeuristic and kinky and maybe a little judgmental.
Garçon Stupide is the rare piece of European sexual realism centered completely on a boy's awakening. Young women have dominated the genre in the last 10 years, especially in France. So the film is a welcome, though inferior changeup.
Unfortunately, just when you think Garcon Stupide is going somewhere, Baier screws it up with a melodramatic climax and a political message.
Garcon Stupide never quite convinces us that it has a greater moral agenda beyond its graphic material.
Understanding the ins and outs of a young, detached psyche requires careful cinematic dialogue and introspection, qualities Mr. Baier can't muster in his feature debut.
It's the kind of discomforting movie that seems designed to remind you of wrong-headed or foolish moments in your own past. On that level, it may succeed only too well.
Audience Reviews for Garçon Stupide
Putting the ugly film poster + DVD cover & some graphic, explicit sex scenes aside, the story & narrative are actually quite good. What really awkward is, like many French directors do, Lionel Baier has pull the whole narrative-carriage out near the end of the movie, by blowing something up- something huge like some global, political, social events (religious & spiritual things are also commonly seen in French Cinema in similar case) which have totally nothing to do with its premiss. Perhaps it was what the director meant to say for the whole feature actually, it sounds very odd every time still.
This is a bizarre coming of age drama. It's been seen before... he doesn't really redeem himself, doesn't provoke sympathy or repulsion... the plot barely exists and there's no coherent continuity... but there are plenty of cock close ups.
i like foreign movies. i like gay movies. but this really went nowhere at all. the only character i liked was marie, and she committed suicide. probably because she was stuck in such a horrible movie. also, i normally don't mind sex in movies, but this was just way too graphic. i guess it was supposed to be shocking but it just grossed me out.
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