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The Fire That Burns (1997)

La ville dont le prince est un enfant (original title)
Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.

Director:

Christophe Malavoy

Writers:

Didier Decoin (adaptation), Henry de Montherlant (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christophe Malavoy ... L'abbé de Pradts
Michel Aumont ... Le père supérieur
Naël Marandin Naël Marandin ... Sevrais
Clément van den Bergh Clément van den Bergh ... Souplier
Pierre-Arnaud Juin Pierre-Arnaud Juin ... Habert
Pierre-Alexis Hollenbeck Pierre-Alexis Hollenbeck ... Linsbourg
Michel Dussauze Michel Dussauze ... Prial
Luc Levy Luc Levy ... Homme de peine
Alain Gilbert Alain Gilbert ... Surveillant de la cantine
Luc Denoux Luc Denoux ... Maître de chant
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Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.

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Some kids should be left the hell alone.

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fire That Burns See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Naël Marandin, appearing in the film as the older boy, had previously performed in the stage version in the role of the younger boy. See more »

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Poised, beautiful movie
1 May 2012 | by luisrcrSee all my reviews

This is a small, slow-paced, poised, beautiful movie only the French can make. Of course, the old buildings, paint-flaking doors, and the sounds of the French language help to set the tone.

It is about childhood and priesthood, friendship and love, honesty and lack of malice, and how a religious, heterosexist culture can mess them up. It is worth watching even if you don't buy the whole catholic/theological argumentation (I don't).

It also alludes to the oft-pointed fact that the Church - while despising same-sex love/sex - has been a safe haven for those God-fearing individuals who cannot act/feel otherwise.

Enjoy!


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