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Kung-fu Master!
(1987)

AKA: Kung Fu Master

Country: France

Genre: Drama

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Synopsis

Mary Jane, is a divorcee with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary Jane notices Julien, 14, small and brassy, but she sees a sensitive side. She contrives to spend time with him and lets him know she's available to him. He's on the cusp between child and man, alternating between playing a video game, Kung Fu Master, where he tries to rescue Sylvie, and joining friends in bluff talk about sexual exploits. As Lucy realizes what is happening, she's repulsed, but Mary Jane, encouraged by her own mother, carries on. Is it love or jealousy of lost youth? Is there any way this can end well?

Notes

  • AKA "Le petit amour"

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Cast

  • Jane Birkin
  • Mathieu Demy
    (Julien)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Lou Doillon
  • Judy Campbell
  • David Birkin
  • Andrew Birkin

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This film has been somewhat overlooked, perhaps due to the controversial subject matter, but I think it's excellent -- among Varda's best, along with Cléo from 5 to 7; Vagabond; L'Une chante, l'autre pas; and Mur Murs. There's an interesting atmosphere of family cosiness to the proceedings, as Jane Birkin and Varda were longtime close friends, Birkin's character's daughters are played by her real daughters and Julien is played by Varda's son, Mathieu Demy; you get the impression that Varda's unique take on this story perhaps grew partly out of the real-life relationships among the cast. The subplot about AIDS prevention is inserted because Varda's husband, Jacques Demy, was ill with AIDS at this point -- it would soon kill him. Mathieu Demy turned up again in 2011 as the father in the magnificent Tomboy by Céline Sciamma, director of the likewise excellent Water Lilies and Girlhood.

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