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Julien, the mildly retarded son of a farmer, talks to his favorite cow and tries to rape his brother's girlfriend. His troubled family is undergoing therapy, but then a grandmother reveals that the parents have institutionalized a severely deformed son, Jules. Julien takes off on his moped to find Jules, and actions that initially seem cruel (Julien kidnaps his brother; they can't communicate; Jules soils his pants) lead to a joyous excursion into freedom. Director Claude Mourieras gets an impressive naturalism from his mostly nonprofessional cast, and the scenes of Julien and Jules exploring the world together have a certain magic. The French title, Dis-moi que je reve, might be translated “Tell me I'm dreaming” (1998).

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