La Puce

La Puce
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Screen Time: 95%
Role: Marion
Age: 15 years old


La Puce

Rating: 8.3 (5 votes)
Directed: Emmanuelle Bercot
Country: France
Language: French
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama, Short


Marion is a 14 year old girl, on holidays at the sea. She is in conflict with her mother and family. She meets a man there, to whom she feels close. Back in Paris, she goes to see him again. For the first time, she is going to make love.

Movie Reviews

European, explicitly French film, no PC morals included, 10 January 2007

Author: erle-3 from IMDb

What I love about Euro-cinema, and what makes it totally unfit for US audiences, is it's gritty realism when it comes to gender relations. Take, for example, this movie, and compare it with something like "American beauty", which treats a similar topic: a man hitting on a teenage girl. Here, the charm and comedy that made "American Beauty" the mainstream success that it is gets discarded for a gritty realism. Marion, the love interest, is all of 14 years old, and where "American..." shys away from actually having Lester Burnham go all the way, this movies unrepentant "Marc" has no such reservations. But neither he nor she nor director Emmanuelle Bercot pass judgment on the act, which is displayed with all the awkwardness, cajolery and qualms than one might expect from the situation. French cinema usually has a very tolerant view of sexual relations, and this movie is a mere example.