Saturday, December 14, 2019

Beau-père (1981): "I'm Not a Little Girl...I'm a [Young] Woman!"



Here's the IMDb plot summary for Beau-père (1981): After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy.

In a previous post,  we wrote about The Adolescent (1979) [French: L'adolescente] and how 13-year-old Marie unsuccessfully attempts to seduce Alexander, a 30-year-old physician, who (reluctantly) refuses the teen's sexual advances. 


In Beau-père (1981) [English: The Step-Father], 14-year-old Marion attempts to convince Rémiher 30-year-old widowed step-father, to overcome his sexual inhibitions and reciprocate her love. 

Rémi: "I'm too old for little girls."
Marion: "I'm not a little girl anymore. I'm a [young] woman."


However, unlike Alexander, Rémi eventually succumbs to the Marion's seduction and begins an affair with the nymphet.


Unintentionally, Rémi makes himself even more attractive to Marion when he attempts to convince her to keep their relationship a secret, which only makes Marion want to make it public.

A common faux paus of ephebophiles is that they pressure nymphets into making their relationship public when, typically, nymphets should be allowed to dictate the pace of the age-gap relationship. Otherwise, the older man may come off as needy, which is what Solitary Man's (2009) Ben Kalmen found out the hard way. 


Beau-père is based on a roman of the same name, it won Best Foreign Language Film (1982) from the Boston Society of Film Critics, and Patrick Dewaere was nominated Best Actor at the 1982 César Awards. 

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