After a teen student proves to be a gifted writer, a literature teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for work; however, the boy's involvement in the man's life unleashes a series of awkward events. With Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vincent Schmitt. Directed by Francois Ozon. In French with English subtitles. [1:45]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a teen boy watching a woman and a man sleeping, and the teen boy's voiceover explains that he imagines the man and woman having sex earlier and we see the boy watching the man and woman having sex: the woman is shown thrusting on top of the man and we see her bare breasts as the teen boy speculates that she is only feigning interest and the man is thinking about a Chinese man in the room.
► A husband imagines his wife and a teen boy in bed together and the teen boy kisses the woman's cheek; the man confronts his wife, asking if she slept with a teen boy, she teases him, implying that she might have slept with the teen and the man attacks her (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
► A teen boy kisses a woman, the woman wraps her arms around him as another teen boy, the woman's son, watches them continue to kiss passionately and then runs away and we see the teen boy's hand go under the woman's shirt. A teen boy kisses a woman, the woman pulls away from him telling him that he does not love her, he just loves an image of her; the woman walks away and the teen boy follows her, grabs her hand and she kisses him on the cheek in dismissal. A man and a woman kiss lovingly. A teen boy kisses another teen boy on the mouth, and then storms away, knocking over a set of toys on his way out of the room. A woman kisses a man on the cheek and the man kisses the woman on the forehead. Men and women kiss on the cheek in greeting. We see a man and a woman hand-in-hand, and the man then places his arms around the woman's shoulders as their teenage son approaches them. A woman lovingly touches a teen boy's face.
► We see a group of paintings in a gallery, including several penises formed into swastikas and breasts forming a flower; a man stands in front of a glass gallery stand with four female blow up dolls; and a man stands in front of three female blow up dolls with faces of male dictators instead of female faces and the man makes crude remakes about a woman running a sex shop and not a gallery.
► We see two teen boys shirtless and their bare chests visible. A teen boy's voiceover explains that he thought about a man in the shower and we see the man's bare chest and back as he bathes. Several men and a teen boy are shown in the shower; the teen boy's bare chest and back are visible and the bare buttocks of several men are also visible. A teen boy watches another teen boy sleeping and the teen boy is shirtless. A teen boy takes off his shirt and another teen boy watches and laughs.
► A teen boy watches a woman sleep, expressing in voiceover his attraction to her. A teen boy watches a woman sleep and he writes fondly of her. A teen boy watches a husband and wife lie in bed together and discuss the teen boy's visits.
► A teen boy's voiceover explains that he had kissed another teen boy and a man, who is implied to have read the teen boy's writing, which he is narrating, explaining that he is not interested in teen boy's "making out." A woman asks her husband if he is sexually interested in a teen boy, since they have stopped having sex since the man began to work one-on-one with the teen. A woman asks her husband if he had taken a male client to a "hooker bar" and the man defends himself, saying that he was only taking the client to a place he was interested in. A man offers to his wife that if she needs him "naked in the gallery window" he would perform for her to maintain her gallery space.
► A teen boy's voiceover explains that his friend's father was wearing "tight sweatpants." A teen boy tells another teen boy that their teacher's wife runs a "porn shop" in their town. A man and a woman discuss a teen boy's writing about his time with another teen boy's mother, and the woman says that she imagines the teen boy on the sofa with the woman. A woman speculates that a teen boy is sexually interested in another teen boy's mother, after she reads a paper that he has written. A man and a teen boy (teacher and student) discuss how the teen boy has feelings for a woman, the man asks the teen boy why he does not just meet the woman "at a sleazy motel" and the teen boy tells him that he wants it to be in the woman's home. A teen boy tells a woman that he is going to "take her away" after their kiss and the woman dismisses the teen boy. A teen boy tells another teen boy that he thinks a man was "undressing him"; we later hear a teen boy's voiceover about how he had felt undressed by a teacher as he humiliated him by asking him to erase a sentence from a board. A woman jokes that it is not like a man (her husband) to had taken off a teen boy's clothing.
VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We see through a window as a teen boy and a man watch a woman shoot a man, and then a second man standing next to her (no blood is visible and we see it from a distance).
► A teen boy threatens another teen boy, saying he will "break his face" and his father's face; he then punches the other boy and we see them wrestle to the ground (we see one boy later with a cut over his eyebrow).
► A man grabs a woman, shoves her onto a bed and tries to strangle her until the woman grabs a thick book and smacks him on the head and he falls to the ground; we later see the man unharmed.
► A teen boy's voiceover explains that he believes another teen boy has committed suicide by hanging himself; we see the boy enter the other teen boy's room and we see the boy hanging from the ceiling with his hands limp at his side; we later learn that the teen boy is unharmed, and had not killed himself.
► A teen boy narrowly avoids being caught by a woman as he is sneaking around her bedroom. Several teenagers tease a teen boy reading a paper aloud.
► A man shouts at another man for embarrassing his son, the man then grabs the man's jacket lapels and angrily tells him that he will need to apologize to the boy in public, just as he had embarrassed the teen boy in public. A woman shouts at her husband, the man tries to touch the woman, she turns away and the man shouts and storms off. A man shouts at another man, and the man shouts that he must inform the district that a teen boy had accused him of undressing him. A husband shouts at his wife and the woman shouts back angrily. A wife shouts at her husband.
► A teen boy rants about his anger with a male teacher, saying that he will "burn" the man's car and then later tells a teen boy that he thinks the man was "undressing him"; we later hear a teen boy's voiceover about how he had felt undressed by the teacher as he humiliated him by asking him to erase a sentence from a board. A teen boy tells a man (his teacher) that he has three options for a family: he could kill a teen boy, he could kill the teen boy's father and take the teen boy's mother as his wife, or burn the house to the ground with the woman, teen boy and man in the house. A woman jokes that it is not like a man (her husband) had taken off a teen boy's clothing. A wife tells her husband that she had just returned from a funeral. A woman tells a man that he should report a teen boy to get help for his interest in another teen boy's family and the man remarks it is better to write about it than to "set cars on fire." A husband tells his wife that he had set his boss' car on fire because the man had humiliated him. A man reads aloud a teen boy's paper about how he had been looking forward to going to another teen boy's house; we later hear the man telling the boy that it could have been harmful to write about a teen boy's family in a poor light. A woman makes a snide remark about the person who had murdered John Lennon. A woman speculates to a man that a teen boy's father had been injured while "on the job" and is now on disability. A wife tells her husband that she has a cousin who enjoys sharing gossip and peeking through keyholes. A teen boy implies to his teacher that he should steal a math test to share with the boy so he can share it with another teen boy. A man dramatically tells a teen boy a story about how a man would have his head cut off during an argument.
PROFANITY 5 - About 7 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (world's most bored woman, pig, weirdo, stupid, weird, hallow character, kind of bitter, masochist, lacking talent, pessimistic, pathetic, clever [mild obscenity deleted], even more like sheep, snarky, pathetic wretched human beings, forgettable, hicks, clueless, pompous, nutcase, strange, delinquent, crazy), 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A teen boy looks through a man and woman's bathroom medicine cabinet and finds Xanax, a teen boy refers to a group of men as "dealers" and implies that they are dealing drugs in a park during the day, and a man angrily accuses a teen boy of "shooting up a can of peaches" because his writing is so sweet. Men and women drink wine, we see a man drinking liquor directly from the bottle, a husband tells his wife that his business client had "gotten drunk" the previous night, and a teen boy refers to a man as a "wino." A man smokes a cigarette as a teen boy watches.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Obsession, character studies, frustration, disappointment, social experiments, teacher-student relations, respect, personal growth, teen suicide.
MESSAGE - Obsession and living through other's lives is an unhealthy habit.