- Original Theatrical Trailer
- In French with English Subtitle Translation
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Criterion
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 04/06/1989
"...Elegant detail, sharp observation, perfect performances..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2006
"The feral, sexually vital quality of Massari's great performance goes a long way towards explaining her character's sons."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Louis Malle's critically acclaimed film gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy's sexual maturation. Both shocking and deeply poignant, this is one of the finest coming-of-age films ever made.
While convalescing at a health retreat, a sensitive and sexually curious teenage boy explores his identity, with a little help from his doting mother. The tender direction belies the film's provocative sexual themes, which caused it to be almost banned in France upon its release.
14-year-old Laurent, like most boys his age, has an avid interest in sex -- but he has never had the chance to experience the real thing. Instead, he remains wrapped up in family problems, including his mother's unhappiness with her marriage. Then a serious illness sends him to a spa for a period of recovery, and he finally receives a tender and loving sexual initiation... with a most unexpected partner.
Coming Of Age |
- Academy Award Nominations: Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.