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Garcon Stupide

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Special Features

  • "Garcon Stupide in Montreal" featurette
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Pierre Chatagny, Natacha Koutchoumov, Rui Pedro Alves, Khaled Khouri, Mikele D.
  • Directors: Lionel Baier
  • Writers: Laurent Guido, Lionel Baier
  • Producers: Robert Boner
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Picture This
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMG93Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Garcon Stupide" on IMDb

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By drakkar91 on October 20, 2006
Format: DVD
Garcon Stupide (Stupid Boy) is an emotionally-packed punch. The film and it's lead character, Loic, had me hooked from the start. With the exception of a few slower scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish. A few laughs, intense thought and emotion, and a few tears were generated from this well directed and acted film.

The filming techniques and styles, and the soundtrack selections helped me score this a 5-star film. The direction and unique filming combined with some classical scores and the storyline all fit perfectly together.

The story itself follows the plight of Loic, a young handsome 20-year old who works in a chocolate factory by day, and entertains men of all ages by night for extra cash. In the film, he has a close loving friendship with a girl, Marie. He also develops a relationship of trust with a man he meets on the Internet, Lionel. The 2 never have sexual relations, just conversation about life. Something interesting to note: we never see Lionel. Or do we at the end? You decide.

The story line develops around Loic's desires to be someone - a photographer, a gay man, ...? He seems to have lost direction in life, and is unable to trust/confide in the 2 people who seem to care for him most, Marie and Lionel. When Marie finds a boyfriend, you can clearly see the upset and anger in Loic. He withdraws from Marie, and Lionel, and neither situation has a positive outcome.

In the meantime, he develops an infatuation of sorts with a local soccer player, who is successful, married and with child. Loic sees a life he wants for himself.

Although this is a French film (with English subtitles), we have young people like Loic all over America.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Y. Hebert on September 19, 2006
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...which is to say that I liked the film very much indeed.

Though obviously from the mixed reviews, it isn't for everyone. (What film is? - I detested Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong" which everyone assures me is the most wonderful thing since chocolate-smothered croissants...) But for myself, I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending "Garcon Stupide" to serious viewers, especially if they are more interested in enjoying films than they might be in critiquing film-making. I personally found the story itself sufficiently engaging that details regarding "technique" never became a crucially compelling issue.

In my opinion, Pierre Chatagny performed remarkably well in presenting a young man on the brink of adulthood (or barely over the brink) who is at the point of seriously wanting to discover who and what he is and, more importantly, who and what he can become. Lionel Baier, again in my opinion, did an equally remarkable job of directing a film that tries to portray in a brief 94 minutes a complex voyage from pointlessly mechanical self-interest and dependency to self-discoveries that promise a fulfilled and fulfilling life. Between the early scene when Loic consults a Petite Larousse and his final, decisive monologue and the film's last scene, both Pierre and Lionel manage to develop a character who is immensely sympathetic, occasionally frustrating, and completely believable. I believe that by the end of the movie both the film and Loic have satisfied the promise that each seeks to fulfill.

As to certain severely negative comments about the dialogue, I personally found the actual dialogue to be a critical factor in my enjoyment of the film. Any "dialogue problem" so far as I would judge the matter, lies in the subtitles.
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51 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Richard Nelson on May 22, 2006
Format: DVD
If you're a trusting sort, read the title of this review and stop--don't spend another moment thinking about this film. But if you must know why you should not waste 95 minutes of your life on it, as I did, read on.

Garcon Stupide has delusions of grandeur, as does its main character, a young gay lad who seeks his thrills in anonymous sexual encounters and believes he's a good photographer because he takes pictures with the built-in camera of his cellular phone.

Said lad (Loic, played by first-timer Philippe Chatagny) is pretty enough to warrant the numerous extended closeups of his face that comprise half the film--the picture on the box does not do his enchanting smile justice--but the pablum he speaks is by turns silly, nonsensical, and stupid. The plot, such as it is, takes its cue from the dialogue, and in the end it feels like a series of utterly random events have carried us to an implausible conclusion.

What ought to make the film at least a little bit palatable for a gay audience--the gritty sex in which Loic engages quite freely during the film's first half--is filmed inelegantly and, in one uninspired split-screen scene, juxtaposed with the workings of factory machinery. This is an odd place for the director to make a play at realism in a tale otherwise so unconstrained by it!

If you're looking for a good gay coming-of-age story, try Dorian Blues. You may not get to see the main character naked, but at least you'll respect yourself in the morning.
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