American racism impedes a French exchange student's love affair with a black woman during the 1950s. Though romantic and bittersweet, FOREIGN STUDENT lacks the depth that might have pushed it to the head of the class.
1955. French exchange student Philippe Labro (Marco Hofschneider) arrives in the US to spend a semester at a small college in Virginia. At an unsuccessful tryout for the football team--he thought it was soccer--he befriends golden boy quarterback Cal Kates (Rick Johnson). Cal fixes him up with
Sue Anne (Charlotte Ross), a blue-eyed flower of the South, who ably resists his Parisian charms. At a professor's home, Philippe meets April (Robin Givens...