Les amitiés maléfiques (2006)
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[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.
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.
It's intellectual without being dry, dramatic without bombast, smart without posturing.
While the young people chatter about life and literature with sometimes overbearing self-satisfaction, the astute filmmaker observes their pretentious gum-flapping with a mixture of amusement, compassion, and wised-up rue.
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.
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...
[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]
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