Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques)
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Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques)
Eloi and Alexandre meet Andre on the first day of the academic year. Seduced by his cool behavior, charisma and intelligence, they easily fall prey to his charm. Andre offers them friendship and mentoring in return for a pledge of loyalty. Overcome with admiration, Eloi and Alexandre bow to the harsh discipline until the day that he leaves them pretending he has earned a scholarship at an American University. Suddenly left to their own devices, Eloi and Alexandre have nobody to turn to and must grow up.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Emmanuel Bourdieu] turns a standard coming-of-age premise -- four young literary scholars compete for recognition at a Paris university -- into a biting academic fable."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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