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by Joachim Lafosse


Sixteen-year-old Jonas fails his exams again but thinks he can devote himself professionally to tennis. He fails the national competition. He meets 30-year-old Pierre, who is moved by his situation, and decides to help him. Depending entirely on his support, Jonas neglects public school. Incapable of setting the boundary lines of their relationship, his tutoring takes a turn that is more than merely academic.

international title: Private Lessons
original title: Elève libre
country: Belgium, France
sales agent: Films Distribution
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Joachim Lafosse
film run: 105'
release date: BE 21/01/2009, FR 04/02/2009
screenplay: Joachim Lafosse, François Pirot
cast: Jonas Bloquet, Jonathan Zaccaï, Yannick Renier, Anne Coesens, Johan Leysen, Pauline Etienne
cinematography by: Hichame Alaouié
film editing: Sophie Vercruysse
art director: Anna Falguères
music: Vive la Fête / Goose
producer: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Olivier Bronckart, Arlette Zylberberg, Eric Van Zuylen
production: Versus Production, Canal+, Ciné+, Mact Productions
backing: Wallimage, MEDIA Programme
distributor: Haut et Court


main awards/selection

Cannes 2008 Directors' Fortnight

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