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Directed by Jean Dellanoy from Roger Peyrefitte's controversial 1945 novel, THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP is set in a Jesuit school for boys. The school bristles with sexual tension, and the youths are counseled daily to guard themselves against impure friendships. Sixteen-year-old George, a naive new arrival, is shocked to discover that the classmate who first befriended him is having an affair with another boy.

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Directed by Jean Dellanoy from Roger Peyrefitte's controversial 1945 novel, THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP is set in a Jesuit school for boys. The school bristles with sexual tension, and the youths are counseled daily to guard themselves against impure friendships. Sixteen-year-old George, a naive new arrival, is shocked to discover that the classmate who first befriended him is having an affair with another boy. Before long, however, George himself has fallen head-over-heels for Alexandre, a striking 12-year-old in the lower school. They meet in secret, exchange poems and swear eternal friendship in a blood ceremony. Both young men blossom and grow as a result of their fleeting intimacies, but it’s only a matter of time before the nature of their relationship is discovered.

Considered scandalous upon its initial French release in 1963, THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP remains just as moving and memorable five decades later. Its sensitive handling of controversial subject matter, superb production values, and the haunting, open innocence of Didier Haudepin as Alexandre made this recently-rescued classic a cinema landmark.

(France, 1963) Director: Jean Dellanoy. Black & white. In French with English subtitles. Running time: 99 minutes. Unrated.

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THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP

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Directed by Jean Dellanoy from Roger Peyrefitte's controversial 1945 novel, THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP is set in a Jesuit school for boys. The school bristles with sexual tension, and the youths are counseled daily to guard themselves against impure friendships. Sixteen-year-old George, a naive new arrival, is shocked to discover that the classmate who first befriended him is having an affair with another boy.

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