Thursday, January 15, 2009

Just a Question of Love DVD Review (France)



Just a Question of Love (France)
Review by: Lauren


Just a Question of Love tells the story of the relationship between Laurent and Cédric. Laurent is a college student living with and pretending to be in love with his best friend Carole, to hide the fact that he’s gay. His aunt and uncle’s son, Marc, was also gay but kicked out and abandoned when he revealed the fact. Even when Marc falls ill and eventually passes, Laurent is the only one in his family willing to go and visit him. As such, Laurent keeps his sexuality a secret and uses Carole as a cover for his family, who loves he too much to be honest and risk losing them.

During school, Laurent is given an internship to help him graduate, for he’d been slacking off ever since Marc died. This is where he officially meets Cédric, who is in charge of his internship. As time goes on, the two finally begin a relationship, but Laurent still refuses to be honest and Cédric won’t live a lie. Though the two are in love, they can’t seem to reconcile their differences, leading to a very emotional second half.

Just a Question of Love is a French film (though I watched it with the English subtitles) that is emotional, sweet, funny, passionate, and true. This isn’t a big action film, but rather one that deals on a more simple level to provide you with a story that could ring true for a lot of people. The main actors Cyrille Thouvenin (Laurent) and Stéphan Guérin-Tillié (Cédric) did an amazing job. Their chemistry on screen made me believe that this story could be real.

Just a Question of Love is a great film and I’d definitely recommend it to those who are at all interested. I especially love the overall message, which was simply and beautifully put by Laurent: “It’s not a question of gay or straight. It’s just a question of love.”

4 comments:

harmonybookreviews said...

Man, that looks good. Unfortunately, I probably could not understand a bit of it or keep up with the subtitles. Definitely my type of thing, though.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Harmony: Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you think it looks good...it really really is, or I believe at least. haha You should try it out at some point! The subtitles honestly aren't that bad at all. You just need to keep your eyes on the screen so you don't miss something (b/c you can't just hear it unless you know French haha), but other then that, it's not bad, and you can rewind too!

-Lauren

Marie said...

Sounds like one for my Netflix queue. I'm a big Francophile & love French films- this one sounds great! :-)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Marie: I'm starting to really enjoy some French films as well (the couple I've seen so far). I hope you like this one, you'll have to let me know after you rent/view it!

-Lauren