Just a Question of Love (movie)

Title: Just a Question of Love (Juste une question d’amour)
Director: Christian Faure
Starring: Cyrille Thouvenin and Stéphan Guérin-Tillié
Distributers: Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), France 2 (FR2) and Hamster Productions
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Genre: Drama/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: France/French (with English subtitles)
Rating: R
Released: 2000
Length: 88 minutes
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


A guest review by Lasha

BLURB

This heartwarming French coming-out drama details the difficulties of love between two young gay men, one of whom is able to outwardly express his homosexuality, while the other remains closeted. Laurent, a 23-year-old college student, keeps up appearances and avoids inquiries into his private life by living with his best friend, Carole. The effortless convenience of this situation is shattered, however, when Laurent falls for Cedric, an openly gay man who is proud of his sexuality. Laurent wishes to be able to live that way, but fears the response his conservative parents would have if they knew the truth. By contrast, Cedric introduces Laurent to his supportive mother, who accepts her son as well as his new boyfriend. But although Cedric truly cares for Laurent, he is unable to live a lie, and delivers an ultimatum that will test both Laurent’s courage and the strength of his love.
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THE REVIEW

A friend recommended this movie to me and I am glad she did. I never would have bought a film in French – even with subtitles – unless John Woo did a Parisian action thriller. Just a Question of Love is one of those rare movies that even if you don’t speak French you can understand the plot. It speaks to us all about family, love, being true to ones self and growing up.

Set outside of Paris, we meet Laurent (Thouvenin), a college student studying agricultural engineering. He lives with his friend, Carole, whom everyone thinks is his girlfriend. Turns out Laurent is hiding a big secret from his family – he’s gay. Why is he hiding? He had a cousin who came out and the family disowned him. Laurent knows from experience his being gay will not be welcomed. Enter Cedric (Guérin-Tillié), a scientist who offers Laurent an internship with him. Laurent is at first a dickhead to Cedric – actually for the first half of the movie, Laurent is an ass to everyone – but Cedric sees something in him and Laurent takes the job. Eventually the two men sleep together and fall in love and here is where the drama begins. Cedric refuses to live in the closet and Laurent fears coming out. It all comes to a head…and everything crashes down around Laurent.

While this might seem like your typical coming-of-age movie like Beautiful Thing or Get Real, this film explores more of Laurent’s family dynamic and the relationship between Cedric and Laurent. You get to find out why Laurent is so immature and a jerk – his cousin died of Hep C and no one in the family saw him in his last days because they mistakenly believed he was HIV+ – and it made Laurent bitter and angry. At the beginning of the film, it is hard to like Laurent – Cedric is easy to love – but by the end of the movie, you understand Laurent’s pain and want him to be happy. His growth as a person and lover/friend to Cedric is realistically drawn.

Also, Just a Question of Love has amazing secondary characters, Cedric’s mother, Emma, who loves her son unconditionally and becomes like a second mother to Laurent when his family abandons him at one point. Add in Carole, the roommate/fake girlfriend who is in love with Laurent and you have a cast of characters that ring true. Plus some truly hot sex scenes that only the French can do and this movie takes you on an amazing journey as a boy becomes a man. Recommended.

OVERALL

A well-written, well-acted coming-of-age tale that speaks to the viewer in any language. Romance, drama and love (French-style) at its finest.

Because the movie is listed on Amazon used for $54-399US – I bought it for $20 new – I will direct you towards YT, which might or might not have a copy of the movie there. (Hint, hint).

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I’ve been reading romance books since I was 12 and when I found m/m books a few years ago I fell madly in love with the genre. My favorites tropes are: GFY, police partners in love and May-December romances. I also adore paranormals and in my spare time away from Jessewave, I review pararmormal m/m books at my own blog. Give me a good shifter book and I’m a happy girl!

16 comments

  • I am really enjoying these film reviews. Thanks Lasha, this sounds great. It is on LoveFilm thank goodness.

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  • Parts of this movie I liked very well, but by the end I couldn’t think of anything except how angry it made me. I will never, never, never, never understand how a parent can turn their back on their child for so much as a nanosecond, especially for such a stupid reason. It makes as much sense as hating their child because of the color of his hair.

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  • I loved this movie. I rented it a few years ago via Netflix. It seems the DVD is not available at the moment, but it seems it’s not at the moment.

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  • I’m glad you reviewed this movie, I was unfamiliar with it. Nice to see a happy ending also.
    I plan to purchase it this week, thanks for the links!

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  • Thanks for the rec, Lasha. That’s gone straight onto my wishlist! I do love European cinema – there’s something so appealing about hearing other languages – especially French which is astoundingly sexy 😉

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  • Great review, Lasha. I really enjoyed this movie. Cedric’s mum is one of my favourite characters. I’m sure I’ve seen her in another movie, and liked her in that too.

    One of the other things I like is the beautiful garden centre. It’s a pretty background for quite a few of the scenes.

    Five stars from me, too! 🙂

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    • I know, I wanted to know exactly where Cedric’s house was so the next time I visit France I can go there. 🙂

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