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!
Sensual and contemplative film about the little 'nothings' of teenage love. Understated but emotionally subtle, served by the two great male leads Stéphane Rideau (who was dicovered in Téchiné's 'The Wild Reeds') and Jeremy Elkaïm who was to become one of the finest French actors.
To set the scene: two teenagers meet on a beach and fall for each other. Handsome Matthieu is heartbroken when his lover later betrays him. It could have been a conventional film on the homosexual coming of age, but "Presque rien" avoids too much subcultural recklessness for an introverted, caring portrait. Much better than you might think by looking at the posters.