This Special Friendship (1964)

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THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP tells of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclass man who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a ... See full summary »

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  • Didier Haudepin in This Special Friendship (1964)
  • Michel Bouquet and Didier Haudepin in This Special Friendship (1964)
  • Didier Haudepin in This Special Friendship (1964)
  • Didier Haudepin in This Special Friendship (1964)
  • Didier Haudepin in This Special Friendship (1964)
  • Gérard Chambre and Jean Delannoy in This Special Friendship (1964)

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15 September 2010 | ricbigi
10
| A beautiful, poignant masterpiece
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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