Comedy - Development 2017

An ultra-provocative coming-of-age comedy about a 17-year old American and his 33-year old french teacher who tries to teach him about life and love, but ultimately he teaches her the most important lesson of all.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Romance
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Synopsis
    • It is 1984 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Michael James is attending the International School of Kuala Lumpur and he is in his senior year.
      Michael is 17 years old and he seems to have it all. He’s the star quarterback of the football team, and the leader of the debating squad. But all he really wants in his Senior year of high school is to have sex for the first time. However, there are two major obstacles. He doesn’t know how and he doesn’t have any potential prospects.
      He thinks he has found a solution to both of these problems in the school’s new French teacher, Madame Boule. He looks to her and the semi‐explicit films she shows in class for his sexual education. He even forms a French Club with his friends so that he can spend more time with her.
      Of course, she’s much older than him and she has a successful accountant for a husband, so she is obliged to deflect his advances, and she decides instead to show him that a real man knows himself, his history, his philosophy and what he believes in. Only then will the sex follow, she tells him.
      Michael reluctantly follows her advice and takes up the study of history, and eventually discovers Madame Boule’s own past. Her father was a radical Professor at the Sorbonne who was one of the few to speak out against the Establishment in the riots of May 1968. This destroyed her father’s career, himself, his marriage and almost his young daughter.
      Madame Boule denies all at first, but finally Michael makes her realize she has ignored her own history and chosen a safe and comfortable life with her husband, rather than pursuing a fight for the truth. And in the end, she must decide which kind of life she will live moving forward.