Come Undone

Come Undone

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Director: Sebastien Lifshitz, Jérémie Elkaïm, Stephane Rideau, Marie Matheron

Cast: Sebastien Lifshitz, Jérémie Elkaïm, Stephane Rideau, Marie Matheron

     
 
The third collaboration between screenwriter Stephane Bouquet and writer/director Sebastien Lifshitz, Presque Rien is the story of a young French man coming to terms with his mother's depression, and his own homosexuality, during a summer holiday in France. Delicately handsome Mathieu (Jeremie Elkaim) has come to a seaside resort town with his sisters Annick

Overview

The third collaboration between screenwriter Stephane Bouquet and writer/director Sebastien Lifshitz, Presque Rien is the story of a young French man coming to terms with his mother's depression, and his own homosexuality, during a summer holiday in France. Delicately handsome Mathieu (Jeremie Elkaim) has come to a seaside resort town with his sisters Annick (Marie Matheron) and Sarah (Laetitia Legrix) and his mother (Dominique Reymond), who has suffered from a crippling depression ever since her newborn baby died of cancer. One day while sunning himself on the beach with Sarah, Mathieu notices the attentions of Cedric (Stephane Rideau), a sturdy, handsome, slightly older youth. The two quickly develop an illicit romance, spending their days combing the beach and their evenings slipping off for passionate sex. Cedric, it turns out, has dropped out of school and, after a brief stint as a rent boy and a failed relationship with a boy named Pierre (Nils Ohlund), moved over one town and settled into a comfortable routine of blue-collar work. The sturdy, good-natured Cedric charms Mathieu's family, but the true nature of the youths' relationship soon becomes apparent, leading to conflict, especially with oldest sibling Annick. Mathieu's biggest problem, however, is his sense of powerlessness over his mother's illness and the death in the family. The scenes of his romance with Cedric are interspersed with scenes from two later time periods. In one setting, we witness Mathieu's recovery from a suicide attempt and subsequent refusal to accept Cedric's visits; in another, we see Mathieu return, alone, to the site of his sexual coming of age. Presque Rien received its American release under the title Come Undone; after premiering at the 2001 L.A. Outfest, a gay and lesbian film series, it received a limited art-house release. Rejane Kerdaffrec, who previously appeared in the Lifschitz/Bouquet film Les Corps Ouverts, appears in a small role as Mathieu's psychiatrist.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The gay coming-of-age story seems to have an unshakable hold on the imaginations of novelists and filmmakers the world over, but this picturesque French effort doesn't add too much to the already well-defined genre except a mood of sun-dappled sensuality, a dose of inarticulate angst, and a formal playfulness that isn't as well-executed as it could be. The film's script, by director Sebastien Lifschitz and his writing partner Stephane Bouquet, attempts to mirror protagonist Mathieu's sexual and emotional confusion by leaving important plot points implied but not shown. The editing, by Yann Dedet, also jumps around indiscriminately in time, further jumbling the emotional development of the protagonists. These experimental efforts are admirable, but the results may leave audience members scratching their heads instead of honing in on the characters' inner lives. That said, Jeremie Elkaim brings an almost aristocratic self-possession to the role of the emotionally walled-off Mathieu, while Stephane Rideau -- an up-and-coming alt-French sex symbol -- imbues Cedric with an unself-conscious masculinity and a playful sense of self-deprecation that are as disarming as they are rare in this genre. One particularly effective torrid beachside love scene between the young men subverts stereotypes about active and passive gay sexual roles; in fact, the unself-consciousness with which these characters jump into bed -- and love -- with one another is refreshing given the politically correct hand wringing of many such films. Too often, however, the emotional drama of Presque Rien seems like a mere backdrop to the endless scenes of Mathieu and Cedric half-naked. Lifschitz and cinematographer Pascal Poucet know how to frame both landscapes and lithe young bodies beautifully, but ultimately the elliptical plot and beefcake trappings sabotage the film's emotional authority. Partially a sexy postcard book, partially an excavation of brooding adolescent fervor, Presque Rien dazzles the eyes even while it frustrates the mind.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0720229915564
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
16,359

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jérémie Elkaïm Mathieu
Stephane Rideau Cedric
Marie Matheron Annick
Dominique Reymond Mother
Laetitia Legrix Sarah
Nils Ohlund Actor
Rejane Kerdaffrec Psychiatrist

Technical Credits
Sebastien Lifshitz Director,Screenwriter
Cecile Amillat Producer,Production Manager
Perry Blake Score Composer
Stephane Bouquet Screenwriter
Stephane Chemin Asst. Director
Jean-Christophe Colson Producer,Production Manager
Yan Dedet Editor
Sylvy Ferrus Makeup
Patricia Guyotte Asst. Director
Marion Hänsel Producer
Cyril Holtz Sound/Sound Designer
Quentin Jacques Sound/Sound Designer
Elisabeth Mehu Costumes/Costume Designer
Isabelle Nyssen Makeup
Pascal Poucet Cinematographer
Roseanna Sacco Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Philippe Thiollier Asst. Director
Christian Tison Producer
Carole Verner Sound Editor
Arlette Zylberberg Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Come Undone
1. Chapter 1 [5:00]
2. Chapter 2 [4:59]
3. Chapter 3 [5:00]
4. Chapter 4 [4:59]
5. Chapter 5 [5:00]
6. Chapter 6 [4:59]
7. Chapter 7 [4:59]
8. Chapter 8 [5:00]
9. Chapter 9 [4:59]
10. Chapter 10 [4:59]
11. Chapter 11 [5:00]
12. Chapter 12 [4:59]
13. Chapter 13 [5:00]
14. Chapter 14 [4:59]
15. Chapter 15 [5:00]
16. Chapter 16 [4:59]
17. Chapter 17 [4:59]
18. Chapter 18 [5:00]
19. Chapter 19 [3:39]

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Come Undone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
another of the great french films. you can't beat the french for putting in everything that is needed to make a fantastic film
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sharp and haunting film about a teen's summer awakening while on vacation! Well acted and cast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie has a great storyline, and is well acted. I highly recommend it, and if you can I would try and get the unrated version.