Rebel Without a Cause: The Cinema of Gérard Blain

Les Amis

The Friends

Gérard BlainFrance100 minutes1971RColourFrench

Jun 17
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Striving to escape his working-class home and find a better life, handsome teenager Paul (Yann Favre) enters into an affair with Philippe (Philippe March), a wealthy older married man who supports Paul's aspirations to become an actor while spoiling him with lavish dinners and sharp clothes. While the lovers are on a summer getaway at a fancy hotel in Deauville, Philippe is recalled to Paris by his office; left alone, Paul falls in with a group of wealthy vacationing teenagers, including the beautiful blonde Marie-Laure (Nathalie Fontaine). Returning to find his tender intimacy with Paul threatened, Philippe refuses to relinquish their bond. Winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, Gérard Blain's assured debut feature was a favourite of Blain's former director François Truffaut, who praised it for "its absolute correctness of tone, its warm irony, and the precision of its intention" and later paid homage to it in his own film Day for Night.

Please note that this rare 35mm print suffers from colour fading, and will appear magenta onscreen. We apologize for any inconvenience.