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Friends 1971 R CC

(72) IMDb 6.8/10
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With one of their fathers recently deceased and the other hardly there, fate brings fifteen-year-old Paul and fourteen-year-old Michelle together in a chance encounter. Instant friends, the young couple flees Paris on a whim, and takes refuge in a rural cottage. But as their fondness for each other blossoms into deep affection, their short trip becomes longer and their love deeper.

Sean Bury, Anicée Alvina
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Lewis Gilbert
Starring Sean Bury, Anicée Alvina
Supporting actors Ronald Lewis, Toby Robins, Joan Hickson, Pascale Roberts, Sady Rebbot
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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158 of 160 people found the following review helpful By sean bury on July 18, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I can't believe that such a small budget film that Anicee and I had the good fortune to make all those years ago, is still receiving your kind attention. Thank you for all your comments, I assure you it was great fun to make "Friends" and an honour to work with Lewis Gilbert who has continued to make some super films.
I shall always remember Lewis's words after the Preview showing..."Sean" he said as he came up to shake my hand,"you have nothing to be ashamed of !"..(I heaved a sigh of relief)...then he added.. "But nothing to be proud of either!". Years of dedicated training as a young actor just went down the pan!
I now work with people with special needs , the money is terrible but the smiles are the best! I have been lucky enough to see both of these 2 very different worlds. One feeds upon the attention it seeks and the other is just happy being, and getting on with things quietly, but both are exciting,fun and challenge one to do better. May your gods be with you all !
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 1, 2003
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In Paris, surly Britisher Paul Harrison, 15, suffers from a businessman father who's getting married and gaining a stepmother and a prim and proper stepbrother Gerald. Cute brunette Michelle Latour, 14 and a half, whose father's death has left her an orphan, flees from her cousin and her abusive live-in Pierre. Paul and Michelle meet and after a few days, run away to a countryside cottage Michelle and her artist father used. Both are fed up with adults who don't seem to want, understand, or care about their feelings. "Adults. They're all the same. As long as you don't bother them..." Paul says. Later he contends that "if we were old enough, they might leave us both alone. Nobody's gonna find us no matter how hard they try." Late twenties onwards is considered old for them.
It's a nice, cozy two bedroom, one living room with fireplace, cottage. And it's apparent that Michelle is in her element in the countryside. Even though Paul's the one who decides to run away and tag along with her, Michelle's knowhow proves that she's more responsible than he, although he learns from her and from experience. She knows how to cook and wash so her abilities as a housewife are in plain evidence. Paul is educated, but that doesn't do him any good where they are.
The world Paul and Michelle create isn't that far removed from the adult world, because necessity dictates Paul to find a job in order to buy food. They go hungry together, become disillusioned at times, and even their idyllic union is briefly threatened in a war of words. But they triumph and soon fall in love, and beyond. Michelle is very gentle and is quick to stand by him when his job hunt yields nothing. She assures him he'll have better luck tomorrow.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Carol Adams on January 14, 2005
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My husband of 26 years & I saw this as Juniors in HS. Yes, he was my boyfriend then and still continues to be. I think we both cried our eyes out. I think possibly we were drawn to the movie by the Elton John music in it, but were then swept away by the teenage angst of it all. Paul and Michelle were just about our ages when we saw the movie- so very easy to identify with!!
It is wonderful to hear that Sean is doing well, I am also in the "helping professions" (an RN). I thought his performance was good and very believable. "Michelle" came across as very sweet, fragile and vulnerable. I think the main theme is that if they didn't have to deal with the "real world" then they could be happy and continue to be in love. How many times have all of us wanted to just have a "Calgon moment". If we all had no outside worries and could just deal with our "basic needs" it could be somewhat easier. I have a 15 yr old daughter and wouldn't have a problem with her seeing this movie.. Kids see so much worse these days that this is very tame.
For those of you who are trying to locate the CD my husband (a huge Elton John fan) was able to get a 2-CD set which came out in 1992. It is called, "Elton John-rare masters" Polygram studios. This has all the friends songs as well as many others. As far as we know this is the only CD with the "Friends" music. We also had the LP years ago and were thrilled to find the CD. Good luck.
I recommend this movie for anyone who loves the "young love" theme. I only wish it was on DVD now!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Santiago Zuleta on April 23, 2007
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Times of innocence innocence!!

I wouldn't want to lecture anybody but I do feel the urge to say some things I consider important about this BEAUTIFUL film. I saw it for the first time in 1976 (I was 14) and then one more time a year later. That was it. The rest of it was the pink LP of Elton John's soundtrack getting the music and the story deeper and deeper inside my heart. How deep?

A week ago my cousin gave me a VHS copy as a present. (No DVD's yet).

Boy....was I surprised!! Poets have always sustained that deep childhood and adolescent experiences of beauty, love, God, idealist pursuits, stay with you forever. Since they occur mostly at the heart's level (no intellect yet!), they define your soul's contours like a sculptor would do with a stone. If sometimes we didn't tend to forget how right they are perhaps we would do better in understanding the meaning of every minute, of every decision, of every turning point of our lives.

So, I confess I feel nostalgia. But the fascinating part of this is watching the film again, and through this trip back in time, enriching that understanding of why we, people from the 60's, grew up as we did. The spirit of those times is all here: a Genesis created far from the official world of consuming and economic success, make love not war, the beautiful pop ballads, the poetry of the lyrics, a totally romantic view of adolescent rebellion with the awakening of sexuality carefully wrapped in tender and chaste love, these two lonely spirits still full of childhood innocence growing together as they learn mutual commitment and turning into "adults".

I showed the film to a group of school youngsters and they abounded with such simplistic and cynical comments regarding it as naïve and foolish. Guys, be serious!!
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