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Boys (2018)

Jonas (original title)
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Two moments of Jonas's life intertwine, each reflecting the other: in 1995, when he was a secretive teenager, and 18 years later, as an attractive and impulsive thirty-something looking for balance in his life.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Félix Maritaud ... Jonas
Nicolas Bauwens Nicolas Bauwens ... Jonas ado
Tommy Lee Baïk Tommy Lee Baïk ... Nathan (as Tommy-Lee Baïk)
Aure Atika ... La mère de Nathan
Marie Denarnaud ... La mère de Jonas
Ilian Bergala Ilian Bergala ... Léonard
Pierre Cartonnet Pierre Cartonnet ... Le père de Jonas
Marcel Bouzige Marcel Bouzige ... Garçon moqueur
Nicolas Sartous Nicolas Sartous ... Le prédateur
David Baïot David Baïot ... Samuel
Julien Naccache Julien Naccache ... Mec Grindr (as Julien Nacache)
Ingrid Graziani Ingrid Graziani ... Caroline adulte
Edith Saulnier ... Caroline adolescente
Constance Lecavelle Constance Lecavelle ... Petite amie Léonard
Jean-Luc Rehel Jean-Luc Rehel ... Le voisin
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Boys (Jonas) is a mystery told in two separate timelines. In the first, it's 1997 and Jonas is entering 9th grade. A new boy in school immediately catches his eye. Perhaps it's the bad-boy scar on his cheek or his devil-may-care attitude, but Jonas is smitten. The two boys quickly become friends and before long are skipping class to kiss in an empty gymnasium. In the film's other timeline, it's 2015 and the excitement of a teenager in love has been replaced with the sorrow of a man who can't escape the past. The adult version of Jonas (Félix Maritaud, outstanding in this year's sexually graphic Sauvage and last year's ImageOut favorite BPM) is a broken man. His boyfriend has thrown him out for cheating on him a few too many times, and he's been arrested for getting into a fight at Boys, a local gay bar. There's something about the bar that seems to set him off. He meanders through life still carrying that same old Game Boy, trying to fill a hole that can't be filled. So what happened ...

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France

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French

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16 November 2018 (France) See more »

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Toulon, Var, France

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A modern gay-gem!
30 December 2018 | by SvetoslavGrigorovSee all my reviews

A powerful coming of age story with a French taste. Jonas (2018) is a TV movie that can beat at least thousands of other movies for the big screen. Its qualities such as depth, a good, mysterious story that slowly unfolds in front of your eyes, and of course our homo problems, that are waiting to be cleared off on a very long queue this time hit you straight in the heart without any superficiality. The characters are true to life and there isn't stereotyping but pure acting as it should be. The movie operates with flashbacks exploring the youth and current days of Jonas, now a troubled 33-year-old guy who's just been thrown out from his boyfriend, because of cheating. The missing segments start to make sense as the movie progress in a perfect aka "Weekend" cinematography. It will make you think about a few of your crushes most probably as it is a very intimate film. A must see!


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