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Confession of a Child of the Century (15)


Paris, 1830: Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. His father's death leads him to the country where he meets Brigitte, a widow who is ten years his elder. Octave falls in love passionately, but will he have the courage to believe in it?

The critical consensus

A turgidly oppressive, lifeless film that can’t even be recommended to collectors of cinematic oddities.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 07/12/2012

The film’s pacing is as sluggish as [Doherty] is.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 06/12/2012

How much damage can one man’s performance wreak on an otherwise serviceable film? When the film is this adaptation of Alfred de Musset’s semi-fictionalised memoir, and the man is Pete Doherty, the answer could be measured on the Richter scale.

**(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 06/12/2012

Pete Doherty tries his absolute best, and in some ways isn't every bit as terrible as you might think. There's a poster quote for you.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/12/2012

Under the direction of a film-maker who speaks little English, Doherty and Gainsbourg give flat performances, their speech uninflected, their line readings uncertain.

Philip French, The Observer, 09/12/2012

Few beyond Doherty die-hards are going to need a second viewing.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 06/12/2012

Production design – all inky shadows and tremulous candlelight – is appealing. But stunt casting has sunk this one, and Doherty should either shelve any remaining acting ambition, or invest some of his drug money in a lesson or two.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 21/12/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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