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Poison Friends (2006)

Malik Zidi , Thibault Vinçon , Emmanuel Bourdieu  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Malik Zidi, Thibault Vinçon, Alexandre Steiger, Thomas Blanchard, Natacha Régnier
  • Directors: Emmanuel Bourdieu
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGES92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poison Friends" on IMDb

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At the start of the new college semester, Eloi and Alexandre encounter Andr‚, the most brilliant student in the lecture hall. Fascinated by his ease and charisma, they quickly fall under his spell. Andr‚ then offers them his friendship in exchange for complete loyalty to him. Lost in admiration, Eloi and Alexandre devotedly submit to this rigorous discipline.. up until the day that Andr‚ abandons them. Eloi and Alexandre now have no other choice than to stand on their own. Directed by Emmanuel Bourdieu, starring Malik Zidi, Thibault Vin‡on, Alexandre Steiger, Thomas Blanchard, and Natacha R‚gnier (THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS, CRIMINAL LOVERS, HOW I KILLED MY FATHER), Dominique Blanc, Jacques Bonnaff‚ (COTE D'AZUR, LEMMING, THE PAGE TURNER).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Friend of the Friendless June 2, 2007
André Morney (Thibault Vinçon) is a nasty piece of work: intelligent, evil, dissolute, possessive and a sociopath to boot. He is a star writing student at the Sorbonne and is also charming, handsome and a magnet for those, especially fellow college students, seeking a seemingly good friend foremost of all but also someone to lead them through the psychological and social quagmire that is called college: Eloi (Malik Zidi), unsure that he wants to follow in the footsteps of his famous novelist mother (Dominique Blanc), and aspiring actor Alexandre (Alexandre Steiger) -- are instantly dazzled by Morney's extemporaneous speech on the need for all writing to be "justified." Remember we are talking the Sorbonne here not Cal Berkeley.
Morney is out for total allegiance from Eloi and Alexandre and in return he imparts them with his knowledge of women, Love and all the things necessary to ease their initiation into the life of the college campus. On the surface it appears that Eloi and Alexandre need Morney more than he needs them but in reality it is Morney with the gaping hole in his psyche that requires constant filling and re-filling and this can only be accomplished when Morney is surrounded by emotional as well as physical acolytes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Poison Friends, "Les Amitiés maléfiques," is a very effective psychological drama. Directed by Emmanuel Bourdieu, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Marcia Romano, the story takes a simple concept and weaves some complex psychological layers on top of a very watchable film. Imagine a film where a French version of Six Degrees of Separation meets a much darker Dead Poets Society. Instead of a stuffy New England college or boarding school, or a bustling New York City, this film is set at the Sorbonne with Paris as it's backdrop. If Donna Tartt had written The Secret History to be set in modern day France, she might have come up with something very close to this tale. Rather than classics and antiquities, it is literature that is the obsession of choice for our group of students.

The highlights of this movie are the great characters and the way their relationships are portrayed through a very nicely written screenplay. In addition, the camera work provides a very authentic and beautiful portrayal of Paris and the French countryside that adds greatly to the mood and ambiance of the movie. This is not the over-exposed tourist footage of Paris that is common in so many movies, but has an unmistakable feel of realism.

Eloi Duhaut, played understatedly by Malik Zidi, is more than a little star-struck as he is thrust into the class of the very rigid and witty Professeur Mortier, played by Jacques Bonnaffé.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quintessentially French April 4, 2009
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A look at French students dominated by one of their ranks who is about as nasty a piece of work as one will find. But the film is worth watching, especially as it progresses. A good look at French cultural life and the French they speak is pure joy. Not necessarity for the squeamish when it comes to the meanness, but the overall impression is positive. I am glad I saw this film.
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