“Special friendships” are youthful relationships with homoerotic overtones, and this film explores them in the setting of a strict French Roman Catholic boys’ boarding school in the 1920s. The faculty are ever alert, depriving the students of all privacy. When a vulnerable fifteen-year old boy, motivated variously by jealousy, subservience and fear, or genuine good intentions, co-operates with his teachers’ campaigns to repress all suggestion of romance or impropriety in his own and others’ friendships, he betrays everyone most important to him. Based on the novel “Les Amities Particulieres” by Roger Peyrefitte. —IMDb
Jean Delannoy (12 January 1908 – 18 June 2008) was a French actor, film editor, screenwriter and film director.
Although Delannoy was born in a Paris suburb, his family is from Haute-Normandie in the north of France. He was a Protestant, a descendant of Huguenots, some of whom fled the country during the French Wars of Religion first to settle in Wallonia then, after their name became De la Noye and then Delano, were on the second ship to emigrate to Plymouth, Massachusetts in America.
Jean Delannoy was a student in Paris when he began acting in silent films. He eventually landed a job with Paramount Studios Parisian facilities, working his way up to head film editor. In 1934 he directed his first film and went on to a long career, both writing and directing. In 1946, his film about a Protestant minister titled La symphonie pastorale was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1960, his film, Maigret tend un piège was nominated for a BAFTA award for “Best… read more
Delannoy realizou um filme sensível e, ainda hoje, polêmico sobre a amizade entre dois jovens em um colégio interno francês que causa grande incômodo aos padres. Baseado numa obra literária, o diretor demonstra que a maldade, quando ela existe, está mesmo na cabeça dos adultos - especialmente daqueles 'designados por Deus' para conduzir jovens almas e 'libertá-las do mal'. O preto e branco deixa tudo mais poético.