The Counterfeiters - Benoît Jacquot - France

The Counterfeiters (France, 2010) by Eurochannel



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3 Great Movies Adapted from Novels

The Counterfeiters (Les faux-monnayeurs, 2010)

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Melvil Poupaud, Patrick Mille, Jules-Angelo Bigarnet, Maxime Berger
Genre: Drama
Length: 121’


The potential of youth can only be measured by the achievements of their adventures. Eurochannel welcomes to a one-of-a-kind rollercoaster of emotions with the escapades of two young men on the verge of adulthood with the premiere of The Counterfeiters.

Based on the 1925 novel The Counterfeiters by André Gide, this is a flawless coming-of-age movie. In a tangled plot, the lives of Bernard and Olivier change forever as they get their first tastes of adulthood. One day, Bernard learns he is the fruit of a sinful passionate night between his mother and a stranger. Hurt by the long-life lie, he seeks solace in his friend Oliver, who is also discovering a new world of feelings and desires while helping his uncle, Edouard.

As the plot develops, the movie deals with polarizing and controversial subjects like forbidden romances and homosexuality. Olivier is in love with his uncle, and as Bernard grows closer to Edouard, the jealousy of the former drives him into the arms of a slanderous writer.

Although the original novel was dubbed as unsuitable for a movie adaptation, this wonderful rendition by the director takes the original Gide manuscript into a new level of artistry. The movie proved to be a bold decision as critics from Le Figaro, one of the most important French newspapers, praised The Counterfeiters as “a beautiful movie, singular and serious”.

Eurochannel invites you to rediscover one of the greatest works of French literature through a mesmerizing movie full of sexual tension, self-discovery and ambiguity… A unique transition from childhood into adulthood!


1920s Paris. When teenager Bernard (Jules-Angelo Bigarnet) discovers that the man who raised him is in fact not his father, he leaves the family home to live with his friend Olivier (Maxime Berger). This adventure will make him discover a new world of affection, jealousy, depression and homosexuality.

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