Presque Rien Review

Presque Rien
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.

by Patrick Peters |
Published on
Release Date:

01 Jan 2000

Running Time:

98 minutes



Original Title:

Presque Rien

It may be somewhat flattering to compare 'Come Undone' (its English-language title) to the chatfests of Eric Rohmer. But Sebastien 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 (Elka´m) 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 Andre Techine's Wild Reeds, Rideau is again hugely impressive as the hustling seducer. But it's Elka´m's hesitancy that holds together this thoughtful, beautifully photographed film.

A thoughful, beautiful film that perfectly captures the teenage agonies of falling in love.
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