This Special Friendship

  • 1964
  • 1 HR 39 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

At a French parochial school in the early 1930s, 16-year-old Lacombrade becomes close friends with his fellow student, Leccia. After finding a love letter from another boy to Leccia, Lacombrade turns the note over to Nat, the Father Superior. A scandal is raised, forcing the note's author to leave, though Leccia is allowed to remain at the school. Soon...read more

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At a French parochial school in the early 1930s, 16-year-old Lacombrade becomes close friends with his fellow student, Leccia. After finding a love letter from another boy to Leccia, Lacombrade turns the note over to Nat, the Father Superior. A scandal is raised, forcing the note's author

to leave, though Leccia is allowed to remain at the school. Soon Lacombrade finds himself in a similar predicament, for he is attracted to a younger student at the school, Haudepin. With the encouragement of Leccia, the two boys begin to meet in secret. Bouquet, a younger priest, becomes

suspicious, but Lacombrade tries to prevent him from disciplining them by telling Nat that Bouquet has been carrying on with some students. Bouquet is caught with a boy and fired from his position, but before going he has a talk with Lacombrade about passing judgments on others. Soon after,

Lacombrade and Haudepin are caught together by Seigner, Lacombrade's father confessor. He threatens the two with expulsion unless they give up their relationship. Lacombrade agrees to this, but Haudepin prefers expulsion to losing his friend. He is emotionally crushed by Lacombrade's rejection and

commits suicide by jumping in front of the train that was to take him home.

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