Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent)
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Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent)
A teenager girl learns some vital lessons about growing up as her family struggles with a variety of crises in this drama from French filmmaker Katell Quillevere. Anna (Clara Augarde) is fourteen years old and attends a Catholic school for girls. With school on Easter break, Anna's mother Jeanne (Lio) takes her to visit her grandfather Jean (Michel Galabru), whose health is failing and may not have long to live. Anne is startled when she learns that Jeanne and her father Paul (Thierry Neuvic) have split up, particularly given Jeanne's devotion to the Catholic Church. As Jeanne… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
"Director Katell Quillévéré's feature debut is a sensitive, sensual and surprisingly spiritual account of an adolescent girl's coming of age."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The melodramatic title won't do it any favours, as Katell Quillévéré's debut feature is a quiet, sensitive study of a 14-year-old girl beset by adolescent confusion."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Newcomer Clara Augarde proves to be a real find in Love Like Poison, a severe coming of age drama set in the Breton countryside."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"It refuses to be either prurient or particularly erotic. Its quietness, however, is deceptive. Quillévéré is clearly a director to note."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Like Stealing Beauty awash with Catholic guilt, it's a charming coming-of-age tale that packs plenty into its short runtime."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"It is a film of nuance and subtle glimpses, like looking at the world through a curtain of Breton lace."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"All is flux and subtle interrogative nuance in this movie, aided by Tom Harari's stunning cinematography."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The discomforting coming-of-ager Love Like Poison could never have been made in the U.S. It mixes sexual candidness with the fraught transition from adolescence to adulthood."
‑ Kent Turner,
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