Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)




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This period drama, based on Alfred de Musset's 1836 autobiographical novel of the same name, tells the tale of Octave (Pete Doherty), a desperate young man who tries to get a hold on his life by leaving Paris for the countryside. Amid the bucolic surroundings, he falls for Brigitte (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a widow who is 10 years his elder. Directed and adapted for the screen by Sylvie Verheyde.
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Pete Doherty
as Octave
Lily Cole
as Elise
August Diehl
as Desgenais
Volker Bruch
as Henri Smith
Rhyan Rees
as Elise's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Confession of a Child of the Century

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

The role of a beautiful and damned 19th century libertine sounds like a perfect fit for disheveled English rock poet Pete Doherty, but then there's the little matter of being able to act.

Full Review… | May 21, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It all adds up to a curiosity, which isn't likely to make much of an impact with an incurious public.

Full Review… | January 8, 2016
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Stunt casting has sunk this one, and Doherty should either shelve any remaining acting ambition, or invest some of his drug money in a lesson or two.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
The List

Under the direction of a film-maker who speaks little English, Doherty and Gainsbourg give flat performances, their speech uninflected, their line readings uncertain.

Full Review… | December 9, 2012
Observer (UK)

As dull and cumbersome as its title.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Radio Times

A turgidly oppressive, lifeless film that can't even be recommended to collectors of cinematic oddities.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Daily Express (UK)

Audience Reviews for Confession of a Child of the Century

Pete Doherty may be great as a musician and songwriter, but as an actor he proves to be just as abysmal as this unendurable film - a sterile drama that is not only as dull as watching paint dry but also corny, artificial and painfully repetitive.

Carlos Magalhães
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