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Anna, a young teenager, comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holiday and discovers her father has left. Dir: Katell Quillevere.
There's no melodrama here, just a series of key episodes that add up to a light but far from superficial portrait of one girl's relationship with the world.
No one does underage sex in cinema quite like the French, and the roots of Quillivere's tale of 14-year-old Anna's sexual and emotional awakening in a sleepy Breton village spring from a time-honoured tradition of coming-of-age a la Francaise.
Director Katell Quillévéré's feature debut is a sensitive, sensual and surprisingly spiritual account of an adolescent girl's coming of age.
Newcomer Clara Augarde proves to be a real find in Love Like Poison, a severe coming of age drama set in the Breton countryside.
It refuses to be either prurient or particularly erotic. Its quietness, however, is deceptive. Quillévéré is clearly a director to note.
Impressively directed and beautifully shot, this is an engaging and provocative coming-of-age story thanks to a superbly written script and a terrific central performance from newcomer Clara Augarde.
It is a film of nuance and subtle glimpses, like looking at the world through a curtain of Breton lace.
The film has a wonderful ease and flow: its relatively brief running time is crowded with incident and plot, and yet each scene, each shot, each gesture unfurls in a winningly unhurried way.
All is flux and subtle interrogative nuance in this movie, aided by Tom Harari's stunning cinematography.
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