Shy, introverted and thoroughly bored Mathieu kills time by climbing dunes and catching rays while on holiday on the French coast. Chancing upon beautiful local boy Cédric spurs homosexual desires he wasn’t aware he had. When the pair meet, the attraction is mutual, the carefree days giving way to lustful nights of carnal desire and sexual experimentation. Yet as the sun begins to fade, the holiday must end, and the pair must face a difficult decision. Holiday romances have rarely been caught on screen with such visceral and heart-wrenching power as in Sébastien Lifshitz’s groundbreaking ode to teenage love. Presque rien is an openly gay arthouse classic that garnered awards at film festivals the world over. —Peccadillo Pictures
“An understated, daringly enigmatic drama that is more deeply felt than many more obvious approaches to the subject… Uncommonly good.” —Allan Hunter, Daily Express
Sébastien Lifshitz (born 21 January 1968) is a French screenwriter and director. He teaches at La Fémis, a school that focuses on the subject of image and sound. He studied at the École du Louvre, and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Paris in history of art. Wild Side was awarded the Teddy Award for best feature film. —Wikipedia
The structure confused me a lot, and at first I didn't even realize that there was a gap. But a quick read of the plot structure in Wikipedia instantly cleared it up for me. I think I would have enjoyed it even more had I known about this. But, anyway, the film is great. Not quite as naive as other similar films (Wild Reeds) but still very powerful. The performances are good but the story is even better. Recommended!