Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Faustine et le bel été (1972): A Nymphet's Unrequited Love

Faustine day-dreams about her dream man.
In the French film Faustine et le bel été (1972) [English: Faustine and the Beautiful Summer] high school student Faustine (Muriel Catala) decides to spend her summer vacation in the country instead of Paris where a boy from the estate of her upper bourgeoisie neighbors attempts to seduce her. But Faustine is infatuated by the Jean, the boy's middle-aged uncle who, "is on the French literary faculty at Grenoble."

However, Faustine's love is unrequited. Or is the literature professor a savvy ephebophile and knows that one of the best ways to seduce a nymphet is to show restraint, self-control and poise in the face of an inviting nymphet. For example, in the clip below, Faustine is more impressed by the fact that Jean did not mention the ribbon she left on his pillow than if he would have acknowledged her gift.

A Nymphet Comes Out of the Closet.