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La Belle Personne (The Beautiful Person) (2008)

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In the wake of screen adaptations by such acclaimed filmmakers as Andrzej Zulawski and Manoel de Oliveira, director Christophe Honoré updates Madame de Lafayette's novel La Princesse de Clèves while placing the story in a contemporary setting. Junie (Léa Seydoux) is new in Paris, and there isn't a man in the city that hasn't noticed. Chief among her admirers are teacher Nemours (Louis Garrel) and gauche fellow student Otto (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). As passions flare, it becomes readily apparent that Nemours maintains a rather liberal approach to student-teacher relationships.
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Louis Garrel
as Nemours
Anaïs Demoustier
as Catherine
Jacob Lyon
as Jacob
Esther Garrel
as Esther
Valerie Lang
as Florence Perrin
Jean-Michel Portal
as Estouteville
Dominic Gould
as English Professor
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Critic Reviews for La Belle Personne (The Beautiful Person)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The comic swerves and dramatic twists feel at once dutiful and arbitrary, and supposedly intense emotions are explored with the arch, weary detachment of a school assignment.

March 6, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Mr. Honoré rejuvenates the age-old love triangle story on the surface, but underneath, it's still the same heavy-handed morality at play.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
culturevulture.net

...reminiscent of Abdel Kechiche's "L'esquive" ("Games of Love and Chance"), yet while that film felt modern, urban and gritty, this one is more steeped in urban moodiness and doomed romance...

Full Review… | June 28, 2009
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ginetai plano to plano olo kai pio kraygaleo oti o anthropos den kserei apo poy na paei kai pos na se parei mazi toy, gia na ftasete s' ena finale arhaioellinika tragiko kai sparaksikardio oste na soy meinei

Full Review… | May 10, 2009
Movies for the Masses

Has a superb soundtrack, beautiful cinematography and a lively and charming cast, but, ultimately, suffers from an overstuffed, unfocused plot with poorly developed characters and fails to keep you thoroughly engrossed or captivated.

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

Audience Reviews for La Belle Personne (The Beautiful Person)

½

Christophe Honoré is like a film student who doesn't have any idea of what he wants to say (that is, if he does have anything to say at all) and so creates an unfocused, pretentious narrative that has no sense of purpose amid poorly-developed characters and clichéd dialogue.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

In "The Beautiful Person," Junie's(Lea Seydoux) mother has just died, causing her to move in with her cousin Matthias(Estaban Carvajal-Alegria). She also changes schools as part of the process. Even before all of the introductions have been made, Otto(Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet) declares his love to her. She instantly returns his feelings and then ignores him, not being able to make up her mind with everything happening so quickly. If you think that's a lot to handle, then there is Nemours(Louis Garrel), their Italian teacher, who is worried about news about his relationship to Florence(Valerie Lang), another teacher, from getting out. "The Beautiful Person" definitely has a few things in its favor in its understated study of relationships and dating, and how the two should never meet. Like, I've said before, friends are great; cliques are not, as they do not give anybody any room to breathe or to find themselves, which Junie is desperately trying to do. To help this, the movie has a claustrophobic feel that extends beyond the borders of the school where the students have no privacy. And if only Christophe Honore, once a promising director, was maturing like we hope these characters one day will, then we might have truly had something here. In reality, he does little to develop this loosely structured story or his own voice to deliver anything distinctive again. And yes, there is singing.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

One of the most beautiful and satisfying films I have had the privilege to see in the past five years. La Belle Personne is unique and captivating.

Dani Lopez
Dani Lopez

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