Presque Rien Review

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A love story enfolds after Mathieu meets Cedric (another boy in his late teens) whilst on holiday at his mother’s summer house in Britanny.


It may be somewhat flattering to compare Come Undone (its English-language title) to the chatfests of Eric Rohmer. But Sébastien Lifshitz has certainly captured some of the bittersweet torment of teenage emotion in this gay romance.

It’s essentially a three-act tragedy, but there’s nothing theatrical about the way the action subtly shifts from the first meeting of Mathieu (Elkaïm) and Cedric (Rideau), through Mathieu’s recovery from an attempted suicide, to his return to the seaside in the hope of rekindling lost love. Having excelled in André Téchiné’s Wild Reeds, Rideau is again hugely impressive as the hustling seducer. But it’s Elkaïm’s hesitancy that holds together this thoughtful, beautifully photographed film.