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Winter Boy

Country: France, Language: French, 122 mins

Original Title

Le lycéen
  • Director: Christophe Honoré
  • Writer: Christophe Honoré
  • Producer: Philippe Martin, James Benjamin Shannon, David Thion

CGiii Comment

Honoré is one of France’s more unpredictable directors, but his films – including Sorry Angel, Metamorphoses and the musical Love Songs – inventively explore the complexities of passion. His latest, and one of his finest, Winter Boy follows 17-year-old Lucas who, after a family tragedy, joins his older brother (Vincent Lacoste) in Paris, where he embarks on an exploration of his sexuality. Or rather, he pursues it further, as Lucas is already very comfortable with his gay identity and desire. Energetic, lyrical and fiercely candid, this psychologically and emotionally mature film features the fine performances you’d expect from Binoche and Lacoste, but also a revelation in engaging and altogether fearless newcomer Paul Kircher.

Jonathan Romney


Cast & Characters

Juliette Binoche
Vincent Lacoste
Christophe Honoré
Xavier Giannoli
Paul Kircher
Wilfried Capet
Jean-Philippe Salerio (as Monsieur Loison)
Isabelle Thevenoux (as Sophie)