Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent)
Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent) (2010)

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… More

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Sophie Ivan

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Director Katell Quillévéré's feature debut is a sensitive, sensual and surprisingly spiritual account of an adolescent girl's coming of age.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Newcomer Clara Augarde proves to be a real find in Love Like Poison, a severe coming of age drama set in the Breton countryside.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It refuses to be either prurient or particularly erotic. Its quietness, however, is deceptive. Quillévéré is clearly a director to note.

Matthew Turner

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.

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Philip French

It is a film of nuance and subtle glimpses, like looking at the world through a curtain of Breton lace.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

All is flux and subtle interrogative nuance in this movie, aided by Tom Harari's stunning cinematography.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
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