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This Special Friendship (1964)

Les amitiés particulières (original title)
THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP tells of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit run... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Francis Lacombrade ...
Georges de Sarre
Didier Haudepin ...
Alexandre Motier
François Leccia ...
Lucien Rouvière
Dominique Maurin ...
Marc de Blajean
Louis Seigner ...
Le père Lauzon / Father Lauzon
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Le père de Trennes / Father Trennes
Lucien Nat ...
Le père supérieur / Father Superior
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THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP tells of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit run school. Written by Jim Stark

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Heimliche Freundschaften  »

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Trivia

The movie is based on Roger Peyrefitte's book. Peyrefitte studied in religious schools during his childhood, lived older/younger male to male love with a fan of his book, and outed many homosexual celebrities of his time, including his friend Henry de Montherlant, whose book (later a movie) La Ville Dont le Prince Est un Enfant has some coincidences with Les Amities Particulières. See more »

Goofs

When Lucien looks at his watch we can see that the time is 6:15 but he reads it as 10:35. See more »

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Written by Thomas Aquinas
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A beautiful, poignant masterpiece
15 September 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I have long wished to see this film and finally a DVD of it has been made available, so I watched it with enormous curiosity. I must say I am very much touched by LES AMITIÉS PARTICULIÈRES, for everything rings absolutely true in this film. The screenplay by Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost is perfection itself, rending Peyrefitte's autobiographical novel totally cinematic, visually striking and emotionally devastating. The acting by the two leading men is beyond anything I could have expected from such young performers. Didier Haudepin gives the best performance by a child actor I have ever seen in fifty-some years of film-going, standing alongside the likes of Patty Duke in THE MIRACLE WORKER, Brigitte Fossey in LES JEUX INTERDITS and Enzo Staiola in LADRI DI BICICLETTE. The supporting cast is equally to be praised, particularly the great Michel Bouquet. Frankly, Jean Delannoy deserves ample credit for having brought to the screen a film of such beauty and flawless artistry. I believe François Truffaut has never done anything that even approaches such a high level of film-making.


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