Mes Petites Amoureuses Cert. 18 Picture house at FACT

  • Released1974
  • Running time123 minutes
  • DirectorJean Eustahce
  • GenreForeign Language & World Cinema
  • LanguageFrench

My Little Loves (Mes Petites Amoureuses) is a French drama written and directed by Jean Eustache. The film stars Martin Loeb as an adolescent boy shunted from a tranquil lifestyle at his grandmother's rural abode, surrounded by naïve and happy friends, to his long-absent mother's cramped apartment in the city.

This study of minor events in the adolescence of a boy growing up in small towns sees Daniel taken out of school and sent to work as an apprentice in a moped repair shop. Daniel wiles away his time in the shop, and learns about girls from the other boys in town and at the cinema. When he returns to visit his grandmother next year, it is obvious that he has grown up much faster than his old friends.

French with subtitles

Part of the FACT & Liverpool Biennial Film Programme, curated by Sharon Lockhart, who has her first UK solo exhibition at FACT until 26 October.

Recommended by Lesley Taker, FACT's Curatorial Coordinator

Mes Petites Amoureuses (My Little Loves), the last feature directed by Jean Eustache, is an incredible coming of age story, possibly the best of it's kind and a direct precursor to the unflinching eye on adolescence which can be seen in Harmony Korine's Kids and other contemporary takes on what it means to be on the cusp of adulthood.  This pensive and heavily nostalgic film follows Daniel, Eustahce's filmic alter-ego, as he is thrown from his rural background into a cramped city apartment. The series of vignettes and minor occurrences allows us a glimpse into the dramatic change which overcomes Daniel, as he discovers the equally influential experiences of work, girls, and cinema. 

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