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Just a Question of Love (2000)

Cast: Cyrille Thouvenin, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Eva Darlan
Director: Christian Fauré
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Picture This! Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Laurent (Cyrille Thouvenin), a 23-year-old student, shares an apartment with his best friend, Carole, using their relationship to deflect questions about his private life. This perfect ruse falls apart when he meets and falls in love with Cédric (Stéphan Guérin-Tillié), a young man completely comfortable with and unburdened by his homosexuality. Cédric does not hesitate to introduce Laurent to his mother who accepts her son and his new boyfriend. But even though he loves Laurent, Cédric refuses to live a lie. He there gives Laurent an ultimatum: either live his life openly and without apology, or their relationship is over.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Pros and Cons of the Closet by talltale May 5, 2006 - 6:23 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
It's hard keeping up with all the gay-themed films from around the world in addition to the many other mainstream and independent movies that keep appearing, but if you haven't yet seen JUST A QUESTION OF LOVE, stick it on your list. Excellent member-reviews posted on another service caught my eye, and I'm glad they did, for this French film is one of the best depictions of closet-departing yet given us. It offers an understandable reason for the closeted character to remain there, jostled back and forth as he is by the demands of his relatives, friends and lover.

The world shown us here is utterly specific, from the work environments to the home life. The dialog is keenly written, with a lot of exposition cleverly and realistically woven into the first few minutes, which take place at a family party (so pay attention, or reverse a bit then watch again to keep abreast). Unusual in this kind of film, every character is fleshed out believably, the gay relationship at the movie's core seems richer and more honest than in most films of this type, and the acting is superlative all round. Best of all, nothing is made to seem too easy; both the adults and the kids make mistakes and then pay for them. "Just a Question of Love" is a winner--and then some.

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(Average 6.75)
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