I’ve seen this movie three times now, and each time I see it again, the more I see depth and power in de Fresne’s performance. Now, as you all may know, Haley Joel Osment is my favourite child actor of all time, and for du Fresne to earn a position above him, well, that truly is something. He plays Ludovic, a boy with a penchant for dressing up in girl’s clothing. So far, so far-out. Two of the times I’ve seen this is with a crowd – first, in Year 9 French, and second, as part of this BFI film school, and in those viewings, the audience has just cracked up with laughter at this weird kid they see, dressing up in his mother’s pearls and donning rouge lipstick. But Fresne shows there is so, so much more than just a “weird kid” in the character of Ludovic, and proves him to be far more than just an object of ridicule. He’s extremely pure and innocent, and du Fresne captures this innocence wonderfully in his eyes, the tone of his voice, his naive smile. Ludovic comes out with pretty silly things sometimes because he’s so simple to the facts of the birds and the bees, and in these moments, the audience laughs at him, yet also pities him. But it’s essential that du Fresne doesn’t make his character a farce, and he certainly doesn’t. He takes one of the hardest roles ever and transforms it into something pure, sweet, touching, yet at the same time, difficult to understand and occasionally difficult to like. There are quite a few scenes in which du Fresne shines, not least the scene in the refrigerator, as well as the confrontation with his parents, where he is the very embodiment of someone who wants to make those around him happy, yet wants to stay true to themselves too. Incredible.