Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Alternate title: The Wounded Man
France, 1983. Gaumont, AJO Distribution, Partner’s Productions, Renn Productions, Oliane Productions, Azor Films, France 3 Cinéma. Screenplay by Herve Guibert, Patrice Chereau. Cinematography by Renato Berta. Produced by Claude Berri, Marie-Laure Reyre, Ariel Zeitoun. Music by Fiorenzo Carpi. Production Design by Richard Peduzzi. Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise. Film Editing by Denise de Casabianca. Cannes Film Festival 1983.
Jean-Hugues Anglade stars as a young Parisian man whose awakening to his attraction to men is expressed through furtive encounters in train station bathrooms. When he meets a wise and tough street hustler (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), he immediately becomes obsessed with him to a dangerous extent. He follows the man around hoping to ingratiate himself into his life, but his devotion is so strong that it threatens to have very unfortunate results. Excellent character study that is typical of French cinema, with terrific acting from two very reliable stars, featuring some very shocking imagery that should only be viewed by adults.