Dir. Christophe Honoré, 2008, France. 90 min. Color, 35 mm.
With Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
In French with English subtitles
Christophe Honoré gives a modern spin to the 17th century French classic The Princesse De Cleves, setting the tale of love, courtly intrigue, and death in a contemporary Parisian high school. Upon her arrival, new student Junie (Léa Seydoux) sets off a flurry of conjecture and flirtation with Nemours (Louis Garrel), her Italian teacher.
The Beautiful Person observes a young woman’s desires and the tricky cultural constraints she must navigate to identify her place in the world.
“La Belle Personne combines an earnest respect for literature with a romantic, pop sensibility.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times