Written by Anne Fontaine and Pierre Trividic
Finnegan Oldfield (A Woman's Life, Heal the Living, Nocturama, Cowboys)
Isabelle Huppert MULTI AWARDED ACTRESS (Elle, Valley of Love, Amour, The Piano Teacher)
Vincent Macaigne (Agnus Dei)
GrĂ©gory Gadebois MOST PROMISING ACTOR for Angel & Tony
Catherine SalĂ©e (Standing Tall, Two Days, One Night, Blue is the Warmest Color)
Charles Berling (Elle, What's in a Name)
Philippe Carcassone - CinĂ©@, Pierre-Alexandre Schwab - P.A.S Productions and Jean-Louis Livi - F Comme Film
2017 / Original language: French / Color / 1.66 / 5.1 / available in hd & 2k
Martin Clement, born Marvin Bijou, has escaped.
He has escaped a little village in the countryside. He has escaped his family, his father's tyranny and his mother's resignation. He has escaped intolerance, rejection and the bullying he suffered from being singled out as "different." Against all odds, he has found allies. First Madeleine Clement, the middle school principal who introduced him to theater and whose name he will later adopt as a symbol of his salvation. Then Abel Pinto, his mentor and role model, who will encourage him to tell his story on stage. Finally, Isabelle Huppert will help him get his show produced and bring it to life. Marvin/Martin will risk everything to create this show that represents so much more than success: it is his path to re-invention.
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ANNE FONTAINE & PIERRE TRIVIDIC (CESAR AWARD - Best Adapted Screenplay for Lady Chatterley)
YVES ANGELO(Winner of 3 CESAR AWARDS for Germinal, All the Mornings of the World, Nocturne Indien
Venice International Film Festival 2017 : ORIZZONTI SELECTION
Venice International Film Festival 2017 : Queer Lion Award
Award of the Jury 2017 : Elle Magazine
BFI London Film Festival 2017
"Actuely observed, beautifully playedâ€ť
â€śA glossy melodramaâ€ť
â€śThe film makes an emotive case for applauseâ€ť
"Emotionally poignant momentsâ€ť
â€śOldfield is particularly a revelation hereâ€ť
â€śCast is strong - Huppert is perfectâ€ť
The Hollywood Reporter
â€śA riveting Finnegan Oldfieldâ€ť
â€śA very fine castâ€ť
â€śThe crafted puzzle pieces fall into placeâ€ť
â€śThe filmmaker very skilfully weaves a tale where the actors deliver exceptional performancesâ€ť
â€śA feature film masterful and movingâ€ť
"An overwhelming success"
Focus Le Vif (Belgium)
"The French Billy Elliot"
Corriere della sera (Italy)
"Finnegan Oldfield is brilliant"
â€śIntense and movingâ€ť
â€śA poignant story of upward mobility"
"It must be seen"
"This film is a gem"
"Superbly conceived, created and acted"
London Film Festival 2017
"A pinnacle of troubling ambiguity"
Studio CinĂ© Live
"A deeply moving coming-of-age story"
â€śA deeply moving must-see film, for its many emotionally charged subjects as well as its unforgettable characters."
Le Blog du CinĂ©ma
Finnegan Oldfield, "wonderful: the most gifted actor of his generation"
Jules Porier : "Stunningly graceful"
Gregory Gadebois: "Immense"
Vincent Macaigne: "Excellent"
Catherine Mouchet:"Shines as a school principal with vision"
Charles Berling: "Impeccable"
Isabelle Huppert: "Glows with warmth"
"A striking film"
"Finely-tuned dialogue and an impeccable performance by Finnegan Oldfield"
"A rude and sometimes troubling film, but filled with passion - the love Anne Fontaine has for all of its characters"