Love like Poison

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Love like Poison

Katell Quillévéré (2010)

15 Certificate


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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.


A teenager returns home from Catholic boarding school to find her father has left her distraught mother, who is seeking comfort with the local priest. As the girl experiences her first sexual desires, she is torn between her feelings and her religious faith. Drama, with Clara Augarde and Lio. In French, Italian and English.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Katell Quillévéré
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Other Information

Language: French, Italian, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Swearing, nudity. Released on: 13 May 2011