Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Presque Rien
France/Belgium, 2000. Arte France Cinéma, Lancelot Films, Man’s Films, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone. Screenplay by Stephane Bouquet, Sebastien Lifshitz. Cinematography by Pascal Poucet. Produced by Cecile Amillat, Jean-Christophe Colson, Christian Tison. Music by Perry Blake. Production Design by Roseanna Sacco. Costume Design by Elisabeth Mehu. Film Editing by Yann Dedet.
Jérémie Elkaïm is on vacation in the French countryside with his sister at their summer home while upstairs their mother is being looked after by her sister, incapacitated by what appears to be serious depression. Elkaim makes eyes with handsome Stéphane Rideau at the beach and the two are quickly in love, stealing kisses wherever they can and at odds about their differing ideas about what it is wise to reveal to the world. Sadly, the progression of their intimacy is also at odds with Elkaim’s own increasing battle with depression and leads to dire consequences that, thanks to Sebastien Lifshitz’s gentle direction, never feel like a melodramatic outcome. It’s a minor slice of life that does not shake up your conception of film drama but does hold you in its sway, held together by great acting and some genuinely sexy heat between the two gorgeous leads.