Old Boys is an utterly charming ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ style story of teenage romance, set in a boys boarding school, somewhere in rural England. Our hero is the geeky Amberson, who knows his place at the bottom of the food chain, in this super-competitive, sporty old school environment.
When a visiting French teacher arrives, with his cool daughter Agnes in tow, the boys are smitten. Agnes’ head is turned by the popular and sporty Winchester, and it falls to Amberson to act as their go-between. Set in the 1980’s, the teenagers write love letters and make video messages for each other – but of course it’s the meek Amberson who is the brains behind Winchester’s wooing.
Prepare to fall in love with this reinterpretation of Cyrano, which sees the hugely talented Alex Lawther (Goodbye Christopher Robin, The Imitation Game, Black Mirror) take on the role made famous by Gerard Depardieu in the 1990 film, and by Steve Martin in 1987’s Roxanne.
“We found this film completely absorbing and charming – yet so powerful in its ability to conjure up memories of teenage angst and unrequited love, and raise questions about the good and/or bad done by educating children in boarding schools.” The Screen Machine team