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Le Petit Amour

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  • Actors: Jane Birkin, Mathieu Demy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Doillon
  • Directors: Agnes Varda
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Color
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Prism Entertainment
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000A0RGWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Continuing her investigations into the everyday lives of women, Agnes Varda trains her expert eye on an unlikely scenario--a love affair between a video-game-obsessed 15-year-old boy, played by her son Mathieu Demy, and a 40-year-old divorcée (Jane Birkin). Based on a short story by Birkin, the film mixes fictional narrative and documentary styles to lend this odd love story depth and compelling sincerity. The match between the lonely and lovelorn Mary Jane (Birkin) and the somewhat oblivious Julien (Demy) provides for humorous scenarios and culminates in a piercing take on life and love.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Muzzlehatch VINE VOICE on November 19, 2010
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We first meet Julien (Mathieu Demy), a 14-year-old schoolboy, at a party in the courtyard outside the building where a classmate, Lucy (Charlotte Gainsbourg) lives. Upstairs Lucy's mother Mary-Jane (Jane Birkin) is taking care of her sick younger daughter Lou (Lou Doillon); when Julien gets sick from drinking too much, Mary-Jane takes care of him as well, showing him how to force himself to vomit. And the lonely, 40ish divorcee notices how nice and polite Julien is. Her older daughter likes him a lot as well, and she sees a bit of him, and her feelings grow. He's addicted to Kung Fu Master, an arcade game that involves punching and kicking your way to higher and higher levels to save a girl; soon Mary-Jane starts haunting places that have the game. She's in deep - he's just a kid - but her feelings are returned; she tries to deny them to herself and to him, but on a family vacation to visit her parents in England on which she brings Julien along (his parents are in Africa) the feelings burst forth, and life gets complicated for all concerned.

Agnés Varda directs this difficult story, written by herself and Jane Birkin, with sensitivity and a complete lack of sensationalism. The treatment, in terms of explicitness, is strictly PG, and the moral condemnation and outrage that we see onscreen comes almost entirely from two of the characters most involved. In a slight 80 minute running time, we experience not only the trials and heartbreak of a doomed, illicit love affair, but also the scorned feeling of an older sister who feels beaten in the race by her own mother; the different ways in which young boys and older women handle the hearbreak of romance; the burst of passion that can cause an otherwise doting mother to ignore her own young children.
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