Les amitiés maléfiques (2006)



Critic Consensus: A sharp examination of university life, Poison Friends is a psychological drama with a wry edge.

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Eloi and Alexandre meet Andre on the first day of the academic year. Seduced by his cool behavior, charisma and intelligence, they easily fall prey to his charm. Andre offers them friendship and mentoring in return for a pledge of loyalty. Overcome with admiration, Eloi and Alexandre bow to the harsh discipline until the day that he leaves them pretending he has earned a scholarship at an American University. Suddenly left to their own devices, Eloi and Alexandre have nobody to turn to and must grow up.
Art House & International , Drama
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Malik Zidi
as Eloi Duhaut
Thibault Vinçon
as André Morney
Natacha Régnier
as Marguerite
Alexandre Steiger
as Alexandre Pariente
Thomas Blanchard
as Edouard Franchon
Dominique Blanc
as Florence Duhaut
Jacques Bonnaffé
as Professeur Mortier
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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

[Emmanuel Bourdieu] turns a standard coming-of-age premise -- four young literary scholars compete for recognition at a Paris university -- into a biting academic fable.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | June 1, 2007
AV Club
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Poison Friends is at once a sly satire on the pretensions and aspirations of academia and an intellectual suspense-thriller that builds and builds but never loses credibility.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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It's intellectual without being dry, dramatic without bombast, smart without posturing.

May 24, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Les amitiés maléfiques

Halfway interesting story about a trio of classmates, where one domineers the other two but ultimately his bravado and ego prove to be his downfall. Fine acting holds your interest in this typical french film.

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

A truthful yet anti-climactic piece of French filmmaking about how the influence of a master manipulator can change the lives of all that surround him...

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

[font=Century Gothic]In "Poison Friends", Andre Morney(Thibault Vincon) is the coolest of intellectual cats holding sway over his friends and fellow seminar students, would-be actor Alexandre Pariente(Alexandre Steiger) and Eloi Duhaut(Malik Zidi), son to a famous but unstable author, Florence Duhaut(Dominique Blanc), with his knowledge and charisma alone. While they enjoy hanging out with Andre, it is true that he also dominates the conversation. And in one case, he takes advantage of their confidence in wooing a comely librarian, Marguerite(Natacha Regnier).[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Poison Friends" is a nicely subtle character study that is also concerned with the very thought of ideas. Andre does pass on some knowledge, but he does not stop there, as he also manages to retard his friends' intellectual growth by not allowing them to think for themselves. Remember, it is always important to voice your own opinions, even if you disagree with others.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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