Love Like Poison

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Love Like Poison
A simmering provincial rites-of-passage drama in which a sensitive, retiring young girl (Clara Augarde) is given a series of shock lessons in the grim realities of sex and death (and the stranglehold they have over religious faith) during an eventful summer vacation. Debut director Katell Quillévéré mixes this heady brew of contradictory emotions with great delicacy and attentiveness to fine detail, and her film has a relentless inertia to it despite the fact that each episode it chronicles (the declining health of a grandparent, a messy divorce, a local pastor in crisis) doesn’t feel tailored to a single cause. Augarde carries the film with ease, though you can’t help but feel in the end that Quillévéré is simply going over terrain that has been well trodden by the likes of Eric Rohmer, Maurice Pialat and Catherine Breillat. But still, it's a good path to be on.

By: David Jenkins

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Director: Katell Quillévéré
Screenwriter: Katell Quillévéré
Cast: Clara Augarde
Stefano Cassetti
Michel Galabru