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  • Actors: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru, Stefano Cassetti
  • Directors: Katell Quillévéré
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Y1OIP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,798 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anna, a young teenager, comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local priest, who is also a childhood friend. Anna clings to her beloved grandfather. She also grows close to Pierre, a free-spirited teenager who cares little about God. Anna is preparing for her confirmation, but her budding desire for Pierre shakes her faith. She longs to give herself over, body and soul but doesn't know if it is to God, or something else ...?

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French screenwriter, costume designer and director Katell Quillévéré`s feature film debut which she co-wrote with screenwriter Mariette Désert, premiered in the Directors` Fortnight section at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on location in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Justin Taurand. It tells the story about a 14-year-old girl named Anna Falguères whom is living with her grandparents where she has been staying with her mother named Jean ever since she returned from a Catholic boarding school and learned that her mother and father named Paul had separated. Anna is awaiting a visit from her father and whilst she is preparing for her upcoming confirmation at a church called Saint Louis in France and her mother is coming to terms with her break-up through conversations with a parish priest named Francois, she befriends a boy named Pierre.

Distinctly and intimately directed by French filmmaker Katell Quillévéré, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws a tender and incisive portrayal of a French daughter`s relationship with her parents, her bed-ridden grandfather and a same-aged boy.
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A superb little coming-of-age drama with no pretensions but beautiful aims.Love like Poison(from a Serge Gainsborough song)has terrific newcomer Clara Augarde as Anna,who has returned from boarding school to stay with her ailing grandfather(Michel Galabru),along with her mother,Jeannette(Lio),who is divorcing her father.Portraying Anna,Clara is remarkably assured physically,yet retains a face of innocence and adolescent vulnerability.Anna is undergoing a crisis of faith with her upcoming confirmation,brought on by her own burgeoning sexuality and her feelings for local boy Pierre(Leboulanger-Bouvril).Tensions in the house reach boiling point when her father comes to visit.Jeanette finds herself drawn towards local priest Francois(Cassetti),who she knew as a child.On top of this Anna's mother is in conflict with her daughter,who's budding body will give her a power to attract her mother's life is losing,and will always have her father's love.

The intelligent script takes an intriguing approach to the story, refusing to spell out everything that's going on and allowing us to fill in the gaps for ourselves, through glances, body language and what feels like a series of vignettes rather than a straightforward, dialogue-heavy narrative.Anna'a problems with religion are summed up by a terrifying bishop who starkly separates the body and the spirit in his sermon,which explodes in the minefield of her own sexuality,ancient Catholic and small town repression against her blossoming youth. Beautiful photography, eclectic soundtrack(mostly English folk songs and a song by Radiohead sung by a female choir).Her grandfather and Pierre appear to be atheistic in temperament which suits her hormones more,these two being the anchorage of her life. A beautifully directed, superbly written and brilliantly acted coming-of-age drama that marks cowriter/ director Quillevere out as a talent to watch.
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Heart breaking beautiful story very well told be a brilliant cast and crew. In Clara Augarde, who was discovered in an opening casting call, we have a sad, beautiful and very soulful actress, who matches her character of Anna so well. A film like this can only be made in France or Europe, a US version would make a PG teen movie with no heart, soul or nudity for that matter. The brief scenes of nudity are treated as every day matter of fact, not made to be sexual or exploitative. This is something I feel a women writer director can do carefully. The supporting characters give heart or soul, or reflections or mirrors for the major themes in the film. The nature of our personal religious belief, the emotional changes in live, death and growing up in a complex and uncertain world. This film should be watched by teenagers, and all who understand the deeper meaning in life.
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I also thought it was a beautiful film. I saw it on BBC iplayer, but would have liked to see it on the big screen. Very touching performances from all the actors, and even the mother, who was the nearest to a villain in the film, one felt desperately sorry for. They were all trapped in their own versions of the poisonous love of the title. I loved the youngsters, especially Pierre, who throughout the film was desperately trying to win the affections of the heroine, Anna. And the glorious music, especially the church music and Greensleeves, in the famous version by the American blues singer Barbara Dane.
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I have to disagree with previous reviewers. This film is certainly not bland or boring or uneventful. It simply requires you to go with the (gentle) flow. The acting is credible, the situations ring true. Wonderful! Enjoy!
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