I, most likely like you, can find no feeling like having a intimate homoromantic connection and since most mainstream film doesn’t focus on or attempt to honestly portray such stories, when I finally find one, it means… so much to me. Presque Rien is beautiful and I could see myself in the characters and found the situations somewhat familiar, which, in the world I just described, carries a lot of weight for me.
Presque Rien (Come Undone) follows Mathieu (Jérémie Elkaïm), a teenage boy who is vacationing with his family for the summer, as they do every summer. While on the beach, roughhousing with his sister, he catches glances from another young man he had seen at the beach a year before. He catches the glances and throws them back, but continues with his business. One day, Cedric (Stéphane Rideau, yes you remember his from Our Paradise!) follows him home and so began their relationship.
The film splits its time between the summer the young men met and a little over a year later, and the happenings of that time. I don’t want to say too much about this, but as the film progresses, and cuts back and forth, between past and future, you learn a great deal about what’s to come and what lead to it, in a way that real life doesn’t offer. I greatly enjoyed watching the young men fall in love. The film really captures the feeling of not only what is happening between the characters, but the hot sun and the cool breeze and the soft light of the room and the warm summer evening air to the naked flesh. You can feel it, and I got a bit nostalgic, I guess for times in my life I imagine to be similar. Mathieu and Cedric are beings, in a way that don’t see often. They look at each other, they see each other, they get angry, they get happy, they get horny, they fight, they fuck, but it feels so…. so real. Not, real, as in what I see everyday. But, what everyday could be like if people truly engaged.
I specifically remember a scene where they are out partying and dancing and Cedric gets into a fight when he runs into an ex-boyfriend. His behavior seems to upset Mathieu and he asks Cedric for an explanation. Cedric talks of his past working as a sex worker and briefly dating the guy he fought with. Mathieu is silent. Cedric stops him, pressing him against a brick wall on a relatively well let, but not so busy street. They look into each others eyes. Cedric touches his face and asks if he is upset with him, because of what he just learned. Mathieu says no, and looks to the side. Cedric asks again, he says no and looks at him, they kiss. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a while. It’s been so long since I have had a true, intimate connection with someone and this film reminds me of that. Of course, nothing lasts forever. Change. This film gives a great deal, but still manages to leave a bit to the imagination when it comes to what exactly transpires in the future and yet it still feels complete. Combine all this with coming out stories, family drama, and the summer…
Rated: Beautiful coming of sexual maturity/ first love story crossed with the reality of change and pain. A pain you’ve most likely seen in someone else or felt yourself.
Nudity? There is flaccid penis in the first 10 minutes of this movie and it followed up with sporadic bits of full frontal and a cute love making scene on the beach.