Directed by: Katell Quillevere
Countries & Regions: France
Length: 92 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 25 July 2011
Cat No: ART530DVD
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Love Like Poison
Cast: Thierry Neuvic , Michel Galabru , Stefano Cassetti , Philippe Duclos , Lio , Clara Augarde , Youen Leboulanger-Gourvil , Francoise Navarro , Francois Bernard , Catherine Riaux , Margaux Louineau , Huguette Robert
This French coming-of-age drama is the directorial debut of Cote D’Ivoire-born filmmaker Katell Quillevere. Anna (Clara Augarde) is a... Read More
Director Katell Quillévéré and actress Clara Augarde both make their feature debuts in this hugely impressive feature following a summer in the life of Anna, a 14 year-old girl home from boarding school.
She discovers her father has left for another woman, and her mother has an infatuation with the local priest who prepares Anna for confirmation. Meanwhile, she develops a strong bond with her ailing grandfather and a teenage boy from her village.
Quillévéré’s portrait of adolescence is far more than a simple coming-of-age story. As well as the advent of sexual maturity, approached with a frankness one would never see outside of European cinema, Love Like Poison (named after a Serge Gainsbourg song) also follows the development – or disillusionment? – of Anna’s relationship with religion.
But the film’s heart is in the often lovely, occasionally shocking scenes between Anna and her grandfather, played by veteran actor Michel Galabru. The intimate love between the pair is beautifully portrayed. The film bears comparison with the work of Maurice Pialat, with which it shares themes of religion, burgeoning sexuality and small-town life.