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My Life on Ice (2003)

Cast: Ariane Ascaride, Jimmy Tavares, Ariane Ascaride, more...
Director: Jacques Martineau, Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Coming of Age
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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The third film collaboration from co-directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, The True Story of My Life in Rouen tells the tale of a young French teen's struggle to come to terms with his emotional and physical development during puberty. When young Etienne (Jimmy Tavares) turned 16, his grandmother (Helene Surgere) gave him a video recorder. The new toy turns into an obsession for Etienne as he sets out to film nearly every aspect of his life, as well as some of his friends' and family's lives -- much to the ire of his mother, Caroline (Ariane Ascaride). In the process, however, Etienne begins to emotionally distance himself from everyone around him. As his loved ones begin to find Etienne's filming intrusive, Etienne also discovers that the camera is not merely a passive observer, but holds a great amount of influence on the actions of those being taped. As Etienne continues to film his friends and family, Etienne's coming-of-age becomes the true subject of his films, which also have begun to inversely influence his developing maturity. The True Story of My Life in Rouen was an official selection at the 2002 Locarno International Film Festival. ~ Ryan Shriver, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

My life on ice by LGrove May 14, 2004 - 2:45 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I found the film an important "coming-of-age" story with all the conflicts. The ending was a wee bit quick and more interaction there would have been good. It made its point and different cultures have different views of life.

Real but not too exciting by honcho501 January 16, 2004 - 1:08 AM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A simple documentary about a gay young man. Somehow this movie keeps you watching until the end.

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