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This Special Friendship (1964)

Les amitiés particulières (original title)
A tale of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit-run school.

Director:

Jean Delannoy

Writers:

Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Francis Lacombrade Francis Lacombrade ... Georges de Sarre
Didier Haudepin Didier Haudepin ... Alexandre Motier
François Leccia François Leccia ... Lucien Rouvière
Dominique Maurin Dominique Maurin ... Marc de Blajean
Louis Seigner ... Le père Lauzon / Father Lauzon
Michel Bouquet ... Le père de Trennes / Father Trennes
Lucien Nat Lucien Nat ... Le père supérieur / Father Superior
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Storyline

THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP tells of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclass man who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit-run school. Written by Jim Stark

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What Was Their Guilt?

Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

The movie is based on Roger Peyrefitte's book. Peyrefitte studied in religious schools during his childhood, lived older/younger male to male love with a fan of his book, and outed many homosexual celebrities of his time, including his friend Henry de Montherlant, whose book (later a movie) La Ville Dont le Prince Est un Enfant has some coincidences with Les Amities Particulières. See more »

Goofs

When Lucien looks at his watch we can see that the time is 6:15 but he reads it as 10:35. See more »

Soundtracks

Pange lingua
(uncredited)
Written by Thomas Aquinas
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A Very Special Friendship
21 October 2004 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

This Special Friendship was created in 1964 combining all the elements of a masterpiece. Born in the mind of Roger Peyrefitte, superbly adapted to the screen by Jean Delannoy, and exquisitely acted out by Francis LaCombrade and Didier Haudepin, this movie has become a timeless work of art. Set in France, in a religious Jesuit school, two boys, one sixteen, one twelve, intrigued by each other's company embark on a special friendship. This particular friendship which possesses all the unique qualities of genuine love and empathy is viewed as unholy by their priests who set about to destroy such a concept. The film is fashioned in black and white as were the rules of friendship in 1964. A classic, if ever there was one. Be prepared for some heart wrenching pathos. *****


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 September 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Heimliche Freundschaften See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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