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Foreign Student (1994)

R | | Drama | 29 July 1994 (USA)
A French football playing exchange student falls in love.

Director:

Eva Sereny

Writers:

Philippe Labro (novel), Menno Meyjes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Givens ... April
Marco Hofschneider ... Philippe Leclerc
Rick Johnson ... Cal Cate
Charlotte Ross ... Elizabeth 'Sue Ann' Baldridge
Edward Herrmann ... Zachary 'Zach' Gilmore
Jack Coleman ... Rex Jennings
Charles S. Dutton ... Howlin' Wolf (as Charles Dutton)
Hinton Battle ... Sonny Boy Williamson
Anthony Herrera Anthony Herrera ... Coach Mallard
Bob Child Bob Child ... Counselor
David Long David Long ... Mr. Baldridge
Ruth Williamson ... Mrs. Baldridge
Michael Reilly Burke ... Harrison
Michael Goodwin ... Assistant Coach
Jon Hendricks ... April's Father
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Storyline

Paris, 1955. Philippe Leclerc is overjoyed: he has just been granted the fellowship he applied for and he will be able to study for a year at the prestigious Asheland-Stuart University of Virginia. Once on the spot, he discovers how different the South of the USA is from his native France and the period of adjustment is no bed of roses, notably when he mistakes American football for soccer while playing a game and becomes the laughing stock of the college. Philip nonetheless gains the friendship of the captain of the team and gradually adapts to his new environment, discovering American literature through the lectures of a fascinating professor, rock and roll and jazz, among other things. A Southern belle, Sue Ann, falls for his French charm but, unfortunately for her, her love is unrequited and she breaks down nervously as a result. As for Philippe he falls madly in love with April, a beautiful Black domestic worker... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Netherlands | USA | France | Italy | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bittersüße Küsse See more »

Filming Locations:

Lexington, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$113,727
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A beautiful film exploring race relations and cultural differences.
17 July 1999 | by tuna-11See all my reviews

The Foreign Student is about a French foreign exchange student having an "Interlude of inestimable value" at a University in Virginia circa 1956. He has a passionate affair with a local "colored girl" (Robin Givens) despite rampant bigotry. The critics didn't like this film, but I like it very much. The character development is wonderful, and Robin never looked better. The themes are profound, and the cinematography is spectacular. This film will not get your adrenalin pumping, but it will touch your heart.


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