Beau Pere - Ariel Besse
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There have been many great reviews about this movie already so I'll just supply the information that everyone else seems to leave out. Ariel Besse gives a great performance but if you're looking for a lot of nudity and sex this film is not for you. While you do get to see Ariel topless a number of times, you don't see complete frontal nudity. And all you get is a slight glimpse of her nude backside when she's walking to her room. You can also see part of her rear when she's sitting on the bed. Excellent story and well acted, but very short on nudity, especially when Ariel is such a pretty girl."
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After the sudden death of his wife, Remy (Patrick Dewaere), is forced to take care of his 14-year-old stepdaughter (Ariel Besse) who, unbeknownst to him, has fallen in love with him. Ariel does a very nice acting job and is very pretty, but the nude scenes are lacking in both quantity and content. There is no frontal nudity of her and you get only a glimpse of her backside when walking to her room and also when sitting on the bed. I know that you not need nudity or sexual situations to tell a story but after seeing Ariel the movie leaves you wanting more."
A Brave Film, not only for 1981, but even for 2003
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"BEAU-PERE (Stepfather) is a beautifully woven story of love that just happens to touch on the aspect of an older man falling in love with a fourteen year old girl - and his step-daughter at that! Remi (Patrick Dewaere) is a salon piano player, narrating how lonely is that life, that it keeps him apart from his fashion model wife Martine(Nicole Garcia). The superimposed distance of their careers leads them to the brink of separation when suddenly Martine is killed in an auto accident. This leaves the Remi to care for his 14 year old stepdaughter Marion (a radiant Ariel Besse). She wants to continues living with Remi instead of her biologic father who is an alcoholic and cold man. In the end Marion admits her love for Remi, lives with him as a lover, and eventually grows into the streams that life unfolds: Remi evetually falls in love with a painist his own age and Marion accepts here real father as the one who is more needy of her afection. Though the term "pedophilia" could be applied here, it is so gently and sophistcated captured that it seems as natural as Remi and Marion feel. The cast (including the the stil lovely Nathalie Baye) is uniformly excellent and Bertrand Blier has created a timeless movie that bears repeated watching."