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Like a Brother (2005)

Comme un frère (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 June 2005 (USA)
Sebastien is a small town boy who moves to Paris and begins to explore the gay night life there. When a friend from back home calls to announce he's coming to Paris, Sebastien confronts some unrequited feelings.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Benoît Delière ...
Sébastien / Zack (as Benoît Deliere)
Johnny Amaro ...
Bruno
Thibault Boucaux ...
Romain
Adeline Ishiomin ...
Marine
Amandine Maugy ...
Sophie
Michel Derville ...
Le père
Gaëtan Borg ...
Laurent (as Gaétan Borg)
Patrick Esilva ...
David
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L'admirateur
Christian Guidicelli ...
L'homme du métro (as Christian Giudicelli)
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Sebastien is a small town boy who moves to Paris and begins to explore the gay night life there. When a friend from back home calls to announce he's coming to Paris, Sebastien confronts some unrequited feelings.

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Quand l'amitié devient désir... (French) See more »

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First and only film role (as of 2013) of Thibault Boucaux, who portrays Romain. See more »

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References Saved by the Bell (1989) See more »

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En Rouge et Noir
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Written by Romano Musumarra
Performed by Jeanne Mas
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Yes, it's a slender story, but the French do this kind of thing better
3 December 2008 | by (wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I agree, the storyline is slender. This is a portrait of a very young man in his first year of moving to the city, being out, juxtaposed with his recollections of the beautiful—and straight—best friend he left behind.

Maybe it's the locale, the language difference, the glimpses of French gay life, but I found this movie very watchable. I think I would be less forgiving (as an American) seeing the same story in an American film. The American version would be more of a straightforward story, I think, and almost certainly heavy-handed. This film is serious, but it's done with a light, gentle touch, and that makes it easier to take.

The movie flips between past and present without much concern for our keeping up with the story. In fact, the jumping around is a reflection of the boy's state of mind. I can't imagine an American film doing the same thing without a lot of dumbing down.

So, despite the familiar plot, if you can even call it that, I still think this is worthwhile. It's very filmic, and relatively uncompromising.

And, the main character's straight best friend is a f**king raving beauty.


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