Bonjour Timothy

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Bonjour Timothy
Directed byWayne Tourell
Produced by Micheline Charest
Murray Newey
Antony I. Ginnane
Written byDavid Parry
Starring Dean O'Gorman
Stephen Papps
Sabine Karsenti
Music byDan Tierney
CinematographyMatt Bowkett
Edited byJean-Marie Dot
Tucker Films Ltd.
Distributed byAlpha Media
Release date
Running time
98 minutes
CountriesNew Zealand

Bonjour Timothy is a 1995 Canadian-New Zealander romantic comedy film directed by Wayne Tourell and starring Dean O'Gorman, Stephen Papps and Sabine Karsenti.



Bonjour Timothy is a coming of age story of a young French-Canadian girl who goes on exchange to Auckland. The story follows Timothy, played by Dean O'Gorman, a young New Zealand boy who develops a crush on Michelle, played by Sabine Karsenti, the young French-Canadian girl from Montreal who is living with his family on her exchange. The story follows Timothy, a social underdog in his school, as he goes through a period of self-discovery, and tries to gain the attention of his crush, Michelle. This story depicts the trials and tribulations associated with being in high school, and the awkward stages that accompany being a young adult.

The New Zealand Film Commission describes Bonjour Timothy as, "In Bonjour Timothy (1995) the underdog wins the affection of the girl against all odds, in a film about coming-of-age anxieties over sex and love" (Aveyard, Moran & Veith 2018). [1] [2]

Buzzfeed described Bonjour Timothy as, "The Best Teen Movie You've Never Heard Of."



The film was shot largely at and around Avondale College in Auckland, New Zealand. [3]

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