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  • Summary: At the start of the new college semester, Eloi and Alexandre encounter André, the most brilliant student in the lecture hall. Fascinated by his ease and charisma, they quickly fall under his spell. André then offers them his friendship in exchange for complete loyalty to him. Lost in admiration, Eloi and Alexandre devotedly submit to this rigorous discipline – up until the day that André abandons them. Eloi and Alexandre now have no other choice than to stand on their own. (Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. While the young people chatter about life and literature with sometimes overbearing self-satisfaction, the astute filmmaker observes their pretentious gum-flapping with a mixture of amusement, compassion, and wised-up rue.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    A movie so unrepentantly French that viewers who enjoy truly Gallic pics can start (tastefully) salivating now.
  3. 80
    Bourdieu's cast is terrific throughout. Any fellow academic brats out there will especially appreciate Jacques Bonnaffé, one of the greatest French comic actors, in an imperious turn as the severe, guru-like professor.
  4. 75
    Up to the last five minutes, Poison Friends stays true to that heady, idealistic-to-a-fault world of academia.
  5. 75
    Poison Friends deftly sketches the fine line - is there one? - between "critic" and "loser."
  6. 75
    This sly, subtle and very French psychological drama dissects the relationship between three insecure Sorbonne students and their deeply flawed idol.
  7. It is kept listenable--and watchable--because Bourdieu uses his knowledge of these people with winning ease. The story's conclusion verges on the grim, and it underscores Bourdieu's presumable theme: student life and talk are the last real vacations in many lives.

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