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Diabolo menthe

Diabolo menthe
Valérie Stano

Valérie Stano

Screen Time: 25%
Role: Martine Dubreuil
Age: 13 years old
Odile Michel

Odile Michel

Screen Time: 55%
Role: Frédérique Weber
Age: 17 years old
Eléonore Klarwein

Eléonore Klarwein

Screen Time: 95%
Role: Anne Weber
Age: 13 years old
Anne Guillard

Anne Guillard

Screen Time: 25%
Role: Sylvie
Age: 12 years old
Corinne Dacla

Corinne Dacla

Screen Time: 10%
Role: Pascale
Age: 14 years old

 

Diabolo menthe

1977
Peppermint Soda
Rating: 9.21 (14 votes)
Directed: Diane Kurys
Country: France
Language: French
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075939

Summary

In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School starts. For Frédérique it's the year of her first serious love, her first foray into politics (the Algerian question and "ban the bomb"), her first kiss from an older man, her first friend who runs away, and her first loss of friendship over values. For Anne, who watches her sister closely, it's a year of her first period and of learning to talk to boys, dealing with unfair teachers, and sorting things out with mom after getting in trouble.

Movie Reviews

Diane Kurys's auspicious directorial debut is a sensitive, sharply observed autobiographical account of a year of her early adolescence. Eleonore Klarwein stars as Kurys's fictional alter ego, Anne Weber, who, in the fall of 1963, is living with her divorced mother (Anouk Ferjac) and older sister, Frederique (Odile Michel), in Paris. Anne relies heavily on her sister for clues on how to behave in an increasingly confusing world. Both sisters rebel against the excessively rigid discipline imposed by their lycée, where Anne is unsocial, moody, and an indifferent student.

The more outgoing Frederique has begun to test her mother's boundaries by staying out late with her boyfriend, Martine (Valerie Stano). Anne is so involved with her sister's life that when the romance ends, she's hurt as much, if not more, than Frederique. Both girls strongly experience the absence of their father, which is possibly what leads Frederique into a romance with an older man. For her part, Anne is content with cajoling her father (Michel Puterflam) into taking them on trips during vacations despite feeling awkward with him.

Through the graceful accretion of a wealth of details, Kurys's perceptive, humorous, and nostalgic film offers rare insight into a young girl's coming of age.