The school catches 18-year-old Romain video taping himself masturbating in class and suspends him. Though the school drops the matter after learning it’s only one incident in a game in which all students participate, Romain remains distressed. He’s still a virgin and the only member of his family not engaged in sexual activity.
I’m giving this a top score (which I do extremely rarely) not because it it a great film but, because it is a much needed film that no one has been brave enough to make until now.
Reading the other reviews I get the impression that the writers watched the film as ‘entertainment’, it is that and has enough of a plot & deep enough characters to stand up as such.
However, I believe the films real value shows when seen as what a school biology curriculum may title as “Facts of life: Advanced Course (Sex As A Part Of Life)”. It is clichéd and a little unreal, as such educational films are, but still very good.
Of course this film is never going to be shown as part of a school curriculum, or is it? Life itself is a school. Most of us are raised with a closed-minded attitude to sex, and as a result have a perverted view of it.
This film shows us that all us adult pupils of the school of life (from age 16 to the end) are sexual beings for which sex can be a very enjoyable & enriching part. This applies whether or not we have a ‘good-looking’ appearance, sex can be a beautiful act even when old wrinklies are involved. It also shows that it is to be treated with care & responsibility. It also drops in that sex is something to be shared, not taken or merely bought. While commercialised sex is at best empty & possibly damaging.
Someday this film will be unnecessary, in which case this would be merely entertainment. When that happens I would probably give this a mere 5 or 6, and the other reviews I see would be apposite. Until then this film is great art, given that great art is meant to challenge us & make us think.
Unfortunately most of us have a ‘broken’ thinking machine so most only see porn. For those can do only see it a such, try watching & understanding the expressions of the sexual participants, both pre & post coition, also during. You will see that love and care comes out much more vividly than eroticism. You will also how it can be awkward for first-time participants but then, as they learn to relax with each other, how the bond between them grows. This is not porn, this is a very worthwhile piece of art for whom I would like to praise all the participants.
Edit: I saw a pirate version of this film after it was taken from a P2P download. But having seen it I decided that it was worth buying and attempted to. However, I was only able to source worthless censored versions. So it seems that I am disallowed from financially supporting the making of such films, and that we are only allowed to learn about sex from perverts (i.e. schoolmarm types & pornography). Hmmmm, what a weird world we live in… it just emphasises the need for more stuff like this film.
Directors: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr
Writers: Lucy Allwood (translation and adaptation), Pascal Arnold
Stars: Mathias Melloul, Valérie Maës, Stephan Hersoen
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 6.56 GiB
Duration : 1h 25mn
Overall bit rate : 11.0 Mbps