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Come Undone

3.6 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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An emotionally subtle film with some surprisingly graphic sex, Come Undone follows 18-year-old Mathieu (Jeremie Elkaim) as he goes on holiday with his depressed mother, her cranky caretaker, and Mathieu's resentful younger sister. At the beach, Mathieu meets Cédric (Stéphane Rideau), a handsome teenager with whom he begins a romance after a kiss in the moonlight. Their relationship is threatened by Mathieu's fears of how his family will react and by a violent former lover of Cédric's, but ultimately is brought to an end by something else entirely. Come Undone shifts fluidly back and forth in time and can be confusing, but by the end it's an affecting portrait of both love and melancholy. Some will find the movie worth seeing just for the many shots of the extremely attractive naked actors romping on the beach. --Bret Fetzer

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18-Year old Mathieu is vacationing at the beach with his family when he meets local teen Cedric. After an extremely erotic kiss, the boys begin a hot and heavy affair, complete with skinny-dipping at night, nude dancing on the beach and lovemaking in the dunes. As Mathieu grapples with his sexuality, his bond with Cedric grows stronger untilGorgeous, bronzed bodies on the beaches of France and a passionate romance between two French youths are reason enough to love Come Undone, but this bittersweet film also has something poignant to say about gay first love.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jérémie Elkaïm, Stéphane Rideau, Marie Matheron, Dominique Reymond, Laetitia Legrix
  • Directors: Sébastien Lifshitz
  • Writers: Sébastien Lifshitz, Stéphane Bouquet
  • Producers: Arlette Zylberberg, Christian Tison, Cécile Amillat, Jean-Christophe Colson, Marion Hänsel
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Picture This
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RRJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Come Undone" on IMDb

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It is never my style to defend a movie just because people disagree with me. Yet looking through all the comments that slam the movie for having no plot, and even those who like the movie are unable to provide any solid reasons other than the encrypted deeply moving or honest, I feel the need to give my two sense. So bear with me.
Let me first say that I don't think Presque Rien is the best gay movie ever made. Looking at the cover with two naked young guys, I expect it will offer little more than "tasteful" eye candy. But I came away feeling this is a lot better than I expect, and for the exact reason so many other complain about, the plot.
The story unfolds with Mathieu, after suffering from depression; revisit his family summerhouse to pull his life together. It is the same place where two summers ago he met his first boyfriend, someone he just broke up with. Upon arriving, Mathieu pick up a wild cat that's roaming on the street. In the flashback, when Mathieu arrives his family summerhouse for vacation he "picked up" a wild child, Cédric, who basically lives on the street. Instantly we can draw the connection between Cédric and the cat: Mathieu said to the cat "You are cute but you stink". It reminds us in the flashback how he rehearses his introduction line to Cédric to the mirror: "I must admit you are pretty cute". After Mathieu bathed the cat he said you are my little prince charming, just as the carefree and attractive Cédric would be to any gay teenager falling in love for the first time. But there is the less fortune comparison: like the cat, Cédric, as much as he wants Mathieu, is unable to reciprocate the kind of affection Mathieu needs in a relationship.
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I think some of the reviewers of this film were too busy waiting for nudity,sex scenes, and simple exposition. This is NOT the french version of "Beautiful Thing" or a soft core romance novel type movie. It is challenging only because it moves away from the "coming out" or "cute boy" genres of gay cinema.
All the characters are realized wonderfully with a minimum of dialogue. The use of silence is a tool that makes you focus your mind and ask questions of the movie. Nothing is pat.
This is a movie that treats it characters (and the audience) with a respect one rarely sees in gay themed movies (one need only compare this movie with simplistic dreck like "The Broken Hearts Club" to understand the difference between respecting your audience versus pandering to it).
This film makes you focus on a young man who is dealing not just with his nascent homosexuality but also serious family issues and a lack of direction in his own life. All these things add to a well-thought out character. And the time jumps gives the viewer the oppurtunity to see how that character progresses (and regresses).
It is not a simple film. But it is a very,very good one.
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By A Customer on February 9, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie left me bewildered and thrilled at the same time. I can't stop thinking about it ever since; about these two characters, and about this magical thing that happens to them at a key point of their emotional development. I felt much sorrow and I was very deeply moved by this movie; but then, isn't it what an outstanding movie is supposed to do to you - grab your feelings and make you think?
I really had no problem with the internal timing (3 different periods of the story that we keep jumping back and forth into) - to me, it appeared fluid and I always understood in which time-frame the story was and why we had jumped. This "broken chronology" did not confuse me, rather I found it added much in depth by showing a violent contrast in the main character : the innocent and playful adolescent vs the wounded young adult he'd become.
Because this is what I found powerful in this film : by depicting a young man and his coming-of-age (this really is a character study, Mathieu's first love and young adulthood), the director touches to essential questions that lie within each of us : the loss of innocence, the coming out of childhood into adulthood, the uniqueness of first love.
A very subtle and deeply moving film, light-years away from the standard productions packaged by Hollywood. Not for uneducated american public, though.
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By A Customer on March 24, 2002
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I was really surprised to see that some people didn't like this film because of the editing (which is confusing, that's true, but it's done on purpose!) and because of the fact that it asked more questions than it answered. That's exactly why I liked this movie! The director doesn't take you for a moron and let you fill in the blanks. God, do we ALWAYS need to see movies that are explained from A to Z? Also, there are some long quiet scenes with no dialogues, but I was really fascinated by that and not bored at all! The scenery is really beautiful and the actors are great. If you want some freshness, a little unshamefully exposed nudity (a la French) and a passionate love story, buy this Dvd! But this is not meant for people who watch Godzilla and The Eraser!!!
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"Come Undone," directed by Sebastien Lifshitz, is the story of a love affair between two young Frenchmen: sensitive Mathieu (played by Jeremie Elkaim), who is dealing with problems in his family, and fast food worker Cedric (Stephane Rideau). The film is in French with English subtitles.
This film is an intriguing blend of psychological drama, coming-of-age tale, and love story. The story is told in a challenging non-linear style which requires some thought from the viewer. The lead actors are superb. Elkaim delivers a heartbreaking performance, and Rideau brings a bold charisma and sexual energy to his role. The two are ably supported by an excellent supporting cast; Violeta Ferrer is a particular standout with her warm, earthy performance as another young man's mother.
The filmmakers achieve a spellbinding visual poetry in many of the film's scenes. The use of tight close-up shots creates a real feeling of intimacy between viewer and characters.
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Throughout the film are some intriguing symbolic touches; particularly powerful is the filmmaker's use of the beach as a setting in the story. There are scenes of both great pain and tenderness. Finally, "Come Undone" is a haunting film about love, loss, and healing.
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