Love Like Poison
Time Out says
Newcomer Clara Augarde is smartly cast as Anna, a reserved country girl whose physicality and behaviour teeters between childhood and adulthood. Her folks have split, and her mum, Jeanne (French singer Lio), is having a wobbly time of it and confides in a youthful priest (Stefano Cassetti) with an enthusiasm that’s more emotional than spiritual. Anna, too, is having a hard time with God: she faints at a funeral and approaches her confirmation with reservations at the same time as she is striking up a tentative first relationship with a local boy. Meanwhile, her bedridden grandad (Michel Galabru), with whom she and mum share a house when she’s not at boarding school, is behaving oddly, even asking her to lift up her dress and show her ‘that place from where I came’. It was never like this in Enid Blyton’s world…
It sounds eventful, but Quillévéré takes us gently and sensitively through this teenage minefield, working her pared-down, essential style of realism in her favour so that her story feels simple but also moving and significant by its end. 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. There’s one lovely scene when Anna’s boyfriend serenades her and there’s also a terrifying bishop who sums up everything you need to know about Anna’s problems with religion. Both director and star are ones to watch.
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