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Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master)1989

Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master) (1989)




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Veteran French director Agnes Varda's Le Petit Amour is based on a short story by actress/songstress Jane Birkin. Birkin herself plays the main character, a loving but lonely 40-year-old divorcee. Her life is brightened a bit by the presence of a handsome 15-year-old, played by Mathieu Demy. Their romance forms the basis of this "petit" Varda effort, which is also known as Kung Fu Master (now you'll have to see it for yourself!). Shortly after the release of Le Petit Amour, Agnes Varda directed a documentary centering upon Jane Birkin, Jane B par Agnes V. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

What redeems this movie and allows it to work is that it is about feelings, not actions.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This oh-so-French story (think Louis Malle's "Murmer of the Heart") imagined by an ex-Pat Brit is so natural in its unfolding that one doesn't begin to question the subject matter until well into the tale.

March 9, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Each slips in and out of a representation and interpretation of events. The question is: Which is which?

October 11, 2015 | Full Review…

This is a suggestive film, touching a tabu subject, but it handles it delicately with an unflinching directness.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master)


In "Le Petit Amour"(or "Kung-Fu Master!" Take your pick.), Mary Jane(Jane Birkin), a divorced mother of two, takes a liking to Julien(Mathieu Demy), a 14 year old whose parents are in Africa and is in the same class as her daughter Lucy(Charlotte Gainsbourg), after he gets sick by mixing his drinks at a party. So, she accidentally-on-purpose runs into him after school one day, inviting him to tea where he shows off his prowess at his favorite video game which Mary Jane decides to research. Towards the end of "Le Petit Amour," Julien throws a bottle with a message in it into the sea and here I am watching this pleasant movie twenty years later that reminds me so much of growing up, with all the trappings, if not the exact details.(Just because I did not know any relationships like the one depicted in the film, does not mean they were not happening in real life.) A lot of that involves teenagers who are already trying to act like adults, especially in the smoking and drinking departments, with AIDS a constant reminder in their lives.(I am reminded of the time at a college party when a friend blew up a lubricated condom. Oh wait. I just realized he said he reads my reviews. Oh well.) All of which writer-director Agnes Varda handles with wit and grace, even the more controversial elements, withholding judgment of the conflicted characters, although the movie does seem to stall a little towards the end.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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