Diabolo Menthe

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Kurys' impressive feature debut, based in autobiography, is a sensitive account of a year in the lives of two sisters - 13-year-old, introverted Anne, and outgoing 15-year-old Frédérique - in the early '60s. Without ever lapsing into melodrama, the film adopts a decidely un-nostalgic tone, lucidly charting the everyday oppressions of school life and the girls' difficult relationships with their parents - a separated Jewish couple - their friends and each other. Indeed, it's a harsh, unsentimental look at adolescence, with the '60s setting serving primarily to define the social and political context of the girls' rites of passage; at the same time, however, the film is invested with great warmth through Kurys' assured, sympathetic handling of her cast.


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

Diane Kurys
Diane Kurys
Odile Michel
Eléonore Klarwein
Michel Puterflam
Robert Rimbaud
Yves Rénier
Anouk Ferjac
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