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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.
Are you getting anywhere? Are you stupid? Loïc will look you in the eye, and you'll have to face these questions.
Your interest is held by newcomer Pierre Chatagny, who captures all the infuriating, frustrating, incontestably sweet qualities of a young gay man in search of himself.
The movie could also be called Uninteresting Boy or Stares Blankly Into the Distance in a Way That's Supposed to Look Pensive but Just Makes Him Look Like an Underwear Model Boy.
[It's] unclear is why anyone would want to see this slog through the gutter or, even more, why young director Lionel Baier would want to make it...
Garçon Stupide is interesting enough to merit an audience broader than its intended niche, though it isn't perfect.
It's more than just a sexploitation film, but not much more.
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