69 thoughts on “La Fonte des Neiges”

  1. “Pommes”, right. lol

    Of no use for convincing ultra-conservatives, but it is nonetheless a nice piece.

    1. “I have come to find out that love can be false, but i’m young and still have more romances to come”

  2. I liked although I didn’t understood everything at the end.
    I should learn more french….

    1. I guess it varies but in most European colonies I know or read about you can go nude or not whenever you feel like it but you don’t have to, especially when you’re in puberty.

    2. Different places have different rules. Where I live, we technically don’t have any legal nude beaches (but we do have one that the police never raid as it is internationally famous), and nudity is by choice. In most nudist colonies in my area, nudity is a requirement for everyone except for teen boys that choose to wear swim suits until they learn how to control their newfound random erections.

  3. For those of you who don’t speak French and who didn’t understand the end…

    ****SPOILERS FOLLOW****

    When Antoinette puts on the dress for the first time, she says that she feels much better with clothes on. She says she wouldn’t have dared to try wearing clothes if it weren’t for him, and that the only reason she was nude before was to please her parents. The scene obviously mirrors the one where he takes off his underwear for the first time, as she makes him close his eyes first, like he did with her.

    Then Leo goes to pick up some mushrooms and cooks them for his mother, not telling her that they are presumably “magic” mushrooms (i.e., hallucinogenic). He keeps asking her if she feels her heart beat stronger or if she feels hot, which were both side effects of the mushrooms that he felt before. But his mother feels no different.

    At night, she dreams of having sex with the man whose name is also Leo. She says “Put your hands on my breasts, Leo” which is why her son does so. But this wakes her up, and then he realizes that she wasn’t telling him to do it.

    He goes to the man Leo and says that he thinks he poisoned his mother with the mushrooms. But the man looks at the mushrooms and assures him that they are harmless. Furthermore, it seems that they have no special properties. Leo (the boy) asks, “So it doesn’t change you? Everything that you feel is real?” Then he runs back to Antoinette’s cabin, yelling “I am myself! I am myself! It’s not the mushrooms!”

    He returns to his tent and tells his mother that they must leave immediately, then confesses that he is in love.

    The voiceover at the end is “No, no, I’m fine. Why? Do I look like I’m not fine? I’m fine. Perfectly fine.” It’s the same as the voiceover from earlier in the film, when he was afraid to leave the tent.

    1. “He returns to his tent and tells his mother that they must leave immediately, then confesses that he is in love.”

      He declared that he was “envouter” which is more like “bewitched” than “in love”.

      1. Thank you! This interpretation makes a lot of sense. It fits in better with this young boy’s confusion over his new feelings and experiences. One way to deal with these feelings that he finds both exciting and scary is to run away. (e.g. To tell his mom they must leave.)

  4. That was a superb film. The explanation above made it even better. Thank you, Josh, excellent post!

  5. Beautiful film. Thank you for the translation – that heloed. Wish I could watch it again, but it sure didn’t last long.

    ed

    1. Yeah, some guy is obviously bored and is reporting every image & video I post here. Won#t help him much ‘tho, Video is back up :p

      1. Not that you need my reminder, but thank you for continuing to fight the fight. I know it can be disheartening at times.

  6. That was an awesome film. To bad it isnt here anymore. Is there anywhere to download it for free. I could use a good lesson in french. Beautiful movie thanks for posting it.

  7. The download button under the embedded viewer still works, if you want a copy.

    The actress playing the young girl, Géraldine Martineau, is apparently at least 20yo, sort of a French Ellen Page. Every square centimeter of her naked body is lovingly displayed. Despite the story line, the boy, played by the clearly much younger Marc Baffa, is apparently never naked, even on the set.

  8. Vielleicht könnte Jemand eine Deutsche Inhaltsangabe und eine Deutsche Filmkritik schreiben und hier publizieren. Vielen Dank !

    Gruß Dieter-K13

  9. i know this is way off topic but why is it ok to show a underage girls breasts and vagina but not ok to show a boys penis… once more i know its off topic and it was a great short but still its the same in every movie, underage or not, they dont like to put a penis on video unless its porn i guess. sigh…. not even the french are brave enough i guess.

  10. In an (online) interview about this short (at the Clermont Ferrand film fest), its director explained how the french government child protection agency prohibited them from filming a minor boy in frontal nude (the girl was 24yo).
    He said he got ‘around’ this law by having the boy placed with a plastic fitted replica of his genitalia.
    I shit you not.
    That’s simply superb!
    No end of ridiculous situations, when you apply ridiculous laws.

    The reality is that he no doubt didn’t fit the boy with anything, but just said it to avoid probs.

    …Or maybe he …did fit him with one. He did it himself, just to make sure…

  11. I was thinking the same thing about what film makers are allowed and not allowed to show. I mean, the film is great, it doesn’t matter what bits get showed or not, but it does seem slightly strange with all these other people running around nude in the nudist camp that even when Leo decides to take his clothes off he is not shown. What is the file type of the download? It says .7z or something? Can you post it as a wmv or wav or something or tell me what .7z is and what I need to play it? Thanks for posting a really interesting film.

    1. 7z is an archive format, you can open it with the most common file archivers. I’d recommend using 7-Zip but you can also use WinRAR, WinZIP and so on.

  12. unfortunately the camera focus is more at the girls body not at the boys body.
    like one user wrote before:
    why is it ok to show a girls breasts, vagina and butt but not ok to show a boys butt and penis?

  13. @dejolo: I guess your question is answered already. The ‘girl’ is not a girl at all but in her 20’s, though she certainly looks a LOT younger to me.

    I wonder how this would go down in Australia? She may be 24 but as she isn’t a 68DD, this must be encouraging paedophilia!

    Stupid, stupid laws which don’t actually protect kids but mostly alienate the generations from each other. Insanity!

  14. @josephk — Thanks for the translation, that really helped.

    But I’m still wondering, why does he say to his mum that they’ve got to leave immediately, if he’s in love with the girl? :|

  15. Where’s the English subtitle…..im like whaaaaaat lol i love french though … but cant understand but one or two words.

  16. This film is a brilliant and subtle excercise in youthful education. The boy has discovered his first ‘secret’ of life. In doing so he enters the world of truth. He has learned the secret was not in the mushroom, nor in the whisper, but in his willingness to exchange a bit of innocence for knowledge. His fear as he leaves her will eventually dissapate as he returns to seek out other secrets. Each will empower him to become an adult.

  17. i’m french, so i understand french :p
    my english is not excelent, but i’ll try to translate this movie. this is a beautiful movie. thx !

  18. *May contain spoilers*
    From what I gather at the end as to why Leo pulled away from Antoinette is because wisdom spoke to him quite loudly. While Leo was certain that he was in love with Antoinette, Leo was able to ponder the potential consequences that would’ve been if he had allowed the spirit of passion continue to work on him and Antoinette. I see Leo did the right thing at the moment in preventing what could’ve become a situation with an unwanted teen pregnancy and lots of heartbreak for both parties and their families, so instead he ripped himself away from the potential of that happening, though he did wave back at Antoinette as Leo and his mum drove away. Leo loved Antoinette enough to spare her the inevitable trouble they were at the brink of getting into, and I can imagine eventually Antoinette would come to understand and appreciate too.

  19. @#45 No I don´t agree with you! The kontent of this movie is not “beware of unwanted teen pregnancy!” this is a french movie not an amarican one … ;-)

    Leo is not afraid of an unwanted teen pregnancy! he don`t thinks so fare in his age, and at this time!

    he ist just afraid of the new discoverd feeling of faling in love, and what it has done to him!!! He don´t know how to react, how to behave!

    THE ARGUMENT: In the beginning she is singing a song about love with here guitar. … and than, as she is wearing the dress, first everything seems to be o.k. till she talks about love!!!!!! that makes him to run away!!!

    this is an intelligent french movie, not a prude amrican movie!

  20. Can soeone help explain the shower scene?
    It looks to me like he is becoming comfortable with the looks of his naked body, and very comfortable with being nude. Then his mom’s boyfreind shows up and they speak to each other. He appears comfortable standing there naked talking to him, but his mood changes substantially.
    can anyone help?

  21. Like arron_arrow said, I would doubt this young boy has any thoughts at all about possible pregnancy. At that age I don’t know if boys even believe in sperm and that they might have any, and that it’s even possible to get a girl pregnant. Having intercourse I’d think is still far from his thoughts.

  22. wow! the mother has a cute dark bush and some nice titties.the little blonde girl has a really hairy pussy for 12/13 years old and some nice nipples.

    1. The girl, in real life, is in her 20’s. She’s not really a young teen. Whereas the young boy is indeed still a young boy.

      1. Never!!! This girl is realy not in his 20s!!! Never!!! Yes she looks a bit older than him, but she is about 15 years old! … And as everybody knows: Boys are developing more slowly, so he must be around 11/12 or even 13.

        ABOUT THE STORY, ONCE AGAIN:
        And the sense of the movie an the story is, that the Boy discovered a new feeling called LOVE! !!!! And She told him, as they have been in the wood – watching his mother and the man being tenderly together – it is because of the mushrooms she gave him to eat!!! . And than he gave some mushrooms to his mother in the salad he had made, an asked her, if she feels now something?! … Because he want´s her to fall in love with him again, because he is also jealous, about the man. … And in the shower, he ask this man, if he has also eaten of the mushrooms, but he negate, so he realize, that the feeling he has become for the girl must be something bigger, and he became frightened!!!! frightened about his first love!!!! And being on an nudist camping site is for most french people just a very NORMAL thing!!! Nothing else!!! … Maybe it also a metaphor for the boy, because the way he is to shy to doff his clothing, he is also unsure in a new part of his live called the puberty!!!! THIS IS WHAT THE STORY WANTS YOU TO SHOW!!!! …. WE in west, middle europe have, not an uptight but more natural relationship to our bodys! Being naked is not for everybody a bad thing, and has nothing to do with SEXUAL acts!!! Not in french and not in germany or denmark! So please: THIS IS NOT A STORY AGAINS PREGNANCY!!!

  23. ABOUT THE STORY, ONCE AGAIN:
    And the sense of the movie an the story is, that the Boy discovered a new feeling called LOVE! !!!! And She told him, as they have been in the wood – watching his mother and the man being tenderly together – it is because of the mushrooms she gave him to eat!!! . And than he gave some mushrooms to his mother in the salad he had made, an asked her, if she feels now something?! … Because he want´s her to fall in love with him again, because he is also jealous, about the man. … And in the shower, he ask this man, if he has also eaten of the mushrooms, but he negate, so he realize, that the feeling he has become for the girl must be something bigger, and he became frightened!!!! frightened about his first love!!!! And being on an nudist camping site is for most french people just a very NORMAL thing!!! Nothing else!!! … Maybe it also a metaphor for the boy, because the way he is to shy to doff his clothing, he is also unsure in a new part of his live called the puberty!!!! THIS IS WHAT THE STORY WANTS YOU TO SHOW!!!! …. WE in west, middle europe have, not an uptight but more natural relationship to our bodys! Being naked is not for everybody a bad thing, and has nothing to do with SEXUAL acts!!! Not in french and not in germany or denmark! So please: THIS IS NOT A STORY AGAINS PREGNANCY!!!

  24. THIS IS JUST AN FREE AND WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT DISCOVERING A FEELING CALLED LOVE!!!! NOTHING ELSE!

  25. Does anyone know the name of the song that the girl is singing when she’s playing guitar?

  26. Does anybody know what is the meaning of the title? I know it means “snowmelt” or “thawing out”, but there’s no any snow in the whole movie so I think it reffers to something poetic or metaphoric. Could it be boy Leo’s heartbreak?!? Can anyone explain this?!?

    1. At the start of the picture, the boy is such an anti-nudist that he dresses up as if it is a cold winter, even though it is really summer. Gradually, his attitude “thaws out”.

  27. Excellent video, I still find it sad and ludicrous that they have to so carefully not show the genitals though on the young actors. It would have been so much more true to life and meaningful if they hadn’t made such a point of not showing him from the waist down, or her sitting cross-legged and things like that.

  28. The part where they kiss, she have the best smile i ever seen! So genuine and cute! That makes me feel so good!

  29. I wish they made a second movie like this.

    Je souhaite qu’ils ont fait un deuxième film comme ça.

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