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I Love the Movies (1998)

J'adore le cinéma (original title)
George is to make a film with the cooperation of the students of a Brussels high school. The subject suggested by Saïda and Julie is tricky: they want George to film their own love story. ... See full summary »


Vincent Lannoo


Vincent Lannoo
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Credited cast:
Olivier Gourmet ... Le proviseur
Raphaëlle Lubansu Raphaëlle Lubansu ... Julie (as Raphaëlle Bruneau)
Lubna Azabal ... Saïda (as Lubna Azaabal)
Gaëtan Bevernaege Gaëtan Bevernaege ... George dit George de la Jungle'
Frédéric Lubansu Frédéric Lubansu ... Assan
Tarek Laarissi Tarek Laarissi ... Samir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Assan Amadi Assan Amadi
Tatsiana Assily Tatsiana Assily
Axel Barrety Axel Barrety
Patricia Blaise Patricia Blaise
Yon Burinadh-Alla Yon Burinadh-Alla
Olivia Caeymax Olivia Caeymax
Denis Carpentier Denis Carpentier ... Le délinquant
Jean-Paul Dermont Jean-Paul Dermont ... Le présentateur de la bande-annonce (voice)
Mehdy Dralef Mehdy Dralef


George is to make a film with the cooperation of the students of a Brussels high school. The subject suggested by Saïda and Julie is tricky: they want George to film their own love story. George accepts and tries to impose the theme of lesbian love. The young participants are reluctant at first, particularly the young Arab males who fear that this film might tarnish the image of the Muslim woman. But with a fine sense of psychology George manages to convince his cast and crew. The last problem now lies in how the headmaster will react... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Short but rich
4 June 2007 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

Begian filmmaker Vincent Lanno's "J'adore le Cinéma" has all the virtues of a successful short. Simple, concise and dense, this cruel tale tells more in fifteen minutes than a lot of overblown would-be never-ending "masterpieces".

A single setting (a high school gym), a fragile hero who has to fight in the face of adversity (George who tries against all odds to shoot his film without making concessions), a group of students representative of today's multiracial society both epitomizing the difficulties inherent in culture shock and allowing tension to rise, a controversial subject to be filmed (the love of two girls, one Arab the other Belgian) that enables the writer/director to examine the burning issue of freedom of expression in so-said democratic Western societies. All this combined with a touch of humor (the ironical beginning and end trailers) make viewing this film a worthwhile experience.

Shot in a documentary-like style, "J'adore le cinéma" rings true. The actors, whether they are professional (Lubna Azabal in her first role on the screen, Raphaëlle Bruneau, Denis Carpentier) or amateur, are as natural as if the scenes they are in had been filmed without their being aware of it. It is a pleasure on the other hand to see Olivier Gourmet appear as the headmaster of the high school. Deceptively playful, cracking unfunny jokes, he is THE figure of authority, forcing his choices on others, asking questions but never listening to the answers, light years away from the passionate, open-minded, creative George. Olivier Gourmet at his best as usual!

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29 November 1998 (Belgium) See more »

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