a film by Sébastien Lifshitz
2000 | 100 mins | France
›› Presque Rien - Almost Nothing - aka: Come Undone
a roller coaster ride of teenage emotions, angst and sex
Presque Rien by Sébastien Lifshitz Have you ever had a holiday romance? Well, such is the case of Mathieu; a shy and introverted youth who in chancing upon the beautiful face and sexually confident body of Cédric, feels that something special stir down below. No surprise to learn that it isn't long before carefree days give way to lustful nights, with Mathieu and Cédric becoming an item for all to see.

Yet and just as holidays come and go, so too do summer romances and this is no exception. Only somewhere along the way, plans for Mathieu to stay with Cédric in Nantes have been cast to the wind, leaving Mathieu in a state of severe depression, of the hospitalisation kind. But can a doctor mend a broken heart?

Presque Rien by Sébastien Lifshitz In short, this is but a roller coaster ride of teenage emotions, angst and sex, charting as it does the rise and fall of a summer romance. Yet in doing so, it fails to define the specifics that caused love to turn cold. Then again, perhaps this is of no surprise, given it is hampered by a script that takes delight in constantly jumping between past and present time frames, bringing you so close to a bond with the protagonists, only to throw you to another time period before you can connect with them.

That said, such is not to take anything away from the fine work of Jérémie Elkaïm as Mathieu and French indie star Stéphane Rideau of Le Clan and Our Paradise fame as Cédric, who as the loving and alternately not so loving pair deliver compelling performances throughout, giving all to their parts and in more ways than one. Yet and as sensuous a sight as Jérémie Elkaïm and Stéphane Rideau are and here cue explicit scenes of their lovemaking, full frontal male nudity and overt masturbation, this nevertheless remains a proudly gay, if somewhat fragmented piece, one that in brilliantly depicting the joys of summer love, cuts to the emotional core by way of constant flashforwards that remind you that such scenes are but a vivid memory of times past. All of which leaves a haunting quality seemingly forever ingrained in the very celluloid itself.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

›› Available to buy from Amazon.com.

›› Available to buy from Amazon.co.uk.
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue: 28.September.2009 / UK.
starring: Jérémie Elkaïm, Stéphane Rideau, Marie Matheron, Dominique Reymond, LaEtitia LeGrix,
Nils Ohlund, Réjane Kerdaffrec, Guy Houssier and Violeta Ferrer.
Copyright 2004 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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