Love like Poison

  • 15
  • Katell Quillévéré (2010)
  • Fr (SUB)
  • 81 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Director Katell Quillévéré's feature debut is a sensitive, sensual and surprisingly spiritual account of an adolescent girl's coming of age. Happy to be away from her detested boarding school, Anna (Clara Augarde) arrives at her grandfather's Breton home just as her parents confirm their separation. With her mother (Lio) seeking solace from a local priest (Stefano Cassetti), Anna relies on a choirboy (Youen Leboulanger-Gourvil) to help make sense of her feelings as she prepares for her confirmation. However, there are no easy answers for those facing crises of confidence and conscience. Exquisitely photographed by Tom Harari with graceful camerawork that captures the atmosphere of a sleepy coastal village, this subtly episodic saga is perfectly paced by Quillévéré, whose courageous use of silence, impassivity and nudity makes the flame-haired Augarde's performance all the more remarkable.

Plot Summary

Coming-of-age drama starring Clara Augarde. A teenager returns to her home for the school holidays and finds her Catholic faith tested by family upheavals and her growing interest in a local boy.

Cast and crew

Cast

Anna
Clara Augarde
Jeanne
Lio
Jean
Michel Galabru
Father François
Stefano Cassetti
Pierre
Youen Leboulanger-Gourvil
Paul
Thierry Neuvic
Louise
Catherine Riaux
Sabine
Margaux Louineau

Crew

Director
Katell Quillévéré

Other Information

Language: 
French, Italian, English +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Swearing, nudity.
Released 13 May 2011
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama