Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques)
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Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques)
French writer/director Emmanuel Bourdieu's intense, cerebral drama Poison Friends dissects the internal politics (and eviscerates the pretentiousness) of French academic circles played out on a collegiate campus. Three first-year graduate literature students at the Sorbonne, Alexandre Pariente (Alexandre Steiger), Eloi (Malik Zidi), and Edouard (Thomas Blanchard) fall under the spell of a more vain and self-superior fellow student, André (Thibault Vinçon). André is handsome, intelligent, suave, and an intellectual vulture, and his reputation in the eyes of coeds and faculty is soon so… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Poison Friends is at once a sly satire on the pretensions and aspirations of academia and an intellectual suspense-thriller that builds and builds but never loses credibility."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Turgid ivory-tower drama."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A much too tidy insightful clinical tale about students dealing with academic life and the pains of growing up."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The dialogue in "Poison Friends" is clever and erudite, but underneath the lit-crit the film has the atmosphere of a Hitchcockian thriller."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A solid script, but it's really the performance by Vinçon that's likely to leave a lasting impression on the viewer."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"It's intellectual without being dry, dramatic without bombast, smart without posturing."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"If you don't take anything Andre says seriously, there is a wicked sense of fun about it, and you may even see a little of yourself in one of the characters."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"There are some schematics at work in the screenplay, but the film proves to be an entertaining, if frustrating, experience."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"In this observant psychological drama with the energy of a thriller, there's no blood (except for maybe a paper cut) or weapons, but audible gasps will not be out of place."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"Art-house fans young and old will revel in the film's evocation of urban student life and certain archetypes -- good and ornery -- who grace or despoil the groves of academe."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"While the young people chatter about life and literature with sometimes overbearing self-satisfaction, the astute filmmaker observes their pretentious gum-flapping with a mixture of amusement, compassion, and wised-up rue."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie seems an act of score-settling by someone who got singed by a critic. Fair enough, and André's deviousness makes the film slyly credible, too."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"This clever little film explodes conceptions and presents a good argument for the ends justifying the means."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Sly, subtle and very French psychological drama."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A cerebral film nicely demonstrating what happens when insecure students follow a magnetic leader who turns out to be a liar."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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