My Life on Ice

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My Life on Ice
Ma vraie vie à Rouen film.jpg
French theatrical release poster
FrenchMa vraie vie à Rouen
Directed by
Written by
  • Olivier Ducastel
  • Jacques Martineau
Produced byNicolas Blanc
Starring
Cinematography
  • Matthieu Poirot-Delpech
  • Pierre Milon
Edited bySabine Mamou
Music byPhilippe Miller
Production
companies
Distributed byRézo Films
Release dates
  • 5 August 2002 (2002-08-05) (Locarno)
  • 26 February 2003 (2003-02-26) (France)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Box office$77,618[1]

My Life on Ice (French: Ma vraie vie à Rouen, lit.'My real life in Rouen') is a 2002 French teen drama film directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, which tracks a year in the life of a teenage figure skater in a quasi-documentary, video diary style.

Plot[edit]

The film centers on Étienne, who lives in Rouen with his mother and grandmother and intends to take part in the national figure skating championship. For his 16th birthday, his grandmother gives him a digital camcorder as a present, which he starts to use immediately (supplying the introductory scenes of the film).

Étienne films anything and everything around him – his family, his teacher Laurent, Ludovic, his best friend, himself figure skating, the sea, steep cliffs. As for Ludovic and his geography teacher, it soon becomes apparent that his obsession with them is grounded in more than just artistic pursuits. Étienne's homosexuality becomes more and more clear both to him and the audience over the course of the film.

Even though Étienne is determined to make this year "the year of love", the year when everything turns around for him, things do not go as well as anticipated. He makes a blunder in his figure skating performance and only achieves second place. And when he starts, very carefully, to talk to Ludovic about the possibility of two men being in love, Ludovic runs away.

In the final minutes of the film, the purpose of Étienne's video diary gets clear: Feeling he has failed in what he set out to do and being deeply hurt by Ludovic's resentment, Étienne decides to jump from the cliff and leave the camcorder (which he sets up to film his suicide) behind to explain to his family what he went through.

Luckily, a stranger walks by at that moment and notices the boy close to the cliff and his camera nearby. The final scene shows the stranger and Étienne in bed after sex, with Étienne seeming truly happy for the first time.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ma vraie vie a Rouen". Box Office Mojo.

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