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The Pupil (1996)

L'élève (original title)
Morgan, a sensitive 12-year-old, growing up in richness and royalty, finds a true friend in Julien, a young man hired to tutor him.

Director:

Olivier Schatzky

Writers:

Ève Deboise, Henry James (story "The Pupil") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vincent Cassel ... Julien
Caspar Salmon Caspar Salmon ... Morgan
Caroline Cellier ... Emma
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Armand
Sabine Destailleur Sabine Destailleur ... Louise
Sandrine Le Berre Sandrine Le Berre ... Paula
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angelo Aybar Angelo Aybar ... Sénateur
Jean-Marc Bailleux Jean-Marc Bailleux ... Joueur de whist
Luciana Blancher-Castellucci Luciana Blancher-Castellucci ... Liliana
Brian Bob Brian Bob ... Lord Dorrington
Magdalena Cielecka ... Jeune fille polonaise
Line Clair Line Clair ... Emilie
Pierre Dalban Moreynas Pierre Dalban Moreynas ... Homme
Maggy Dussauchoy Maggy Dussauchoy ... Comtesse Jesenska
Georges Egler Georges Egler ... Chambard
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Storyline

Penniless graduate Julien lands a job as personal tutor. His pupil is Morgan, a precocious, cynical little boy with a heart condition, whose family live in a large country house, attended by servants. The whole clan exude culture, charm and wealth, but Morgan, disillusioned beyond his years, seems to enjoy making scathing comments at their expense. As time goes by, Julien and his charge become attached to each other, but in time the family's true nature also reveals itself. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Latin | Polish

Release Date:

11 September 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pupil See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland

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In Henry James's original short story, the tutor is called Pemberton; here his name is Julien Barnes. Coincidentally or not, Julian Barnes is an English author much admired in France. See more »

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Actually a Henry James short story..
30 July 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

..which features ,like "the turn of the screw" -which Jack Clayton adapted for the screen under the title "the innocents" (1961)-, a private tutor and a child .But unlike Clayton's unforgettable movie,there is nothing supernatural here.

The film begins quite well,in a castle where ruined aristocrats eat macaroni in porcelaine .The young actor shines as the whizz kid who knows Latin grammar by heart and never had one friend before his teacher came.Particularly successful is the night scene which displays the child's strange culinary preparations.

But when the family has to leave the desirable castle,it's downhill and even the ending -which is not even faithful to James- does not redeem "l'élève".The film becomes a hodgepodge (hotchpotch) which fails totally to convince:from the ball with the old contessa to the French cancan in a brothel,what nonsense.

Fair-haired (dyed) Vincent Cassel is rather ugly,and is outshadowed by his young co-star.


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