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98 minutes · 2015

This debut feature from French writer-director Eva Husson, about a group of teenagers in Biarritz, shows promise on a technical level, with long, shimmery tracking shots of their bacchanalia that recall Harmony Korine's Kids (1995) and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (1999). But the movie isn't as bold or shocking as it makes itself out to be—plenty of art-house fare (especially in France) is just as explicit in portraying adolescent sex and recreational drug use. The characters are mostly white, bored, and affluent, a revolving door of hedonistic brats throwing swinger parties and being horrible to one another. The cheeky title may be ironic, but if "modern love" equals self-indulgence, romance is truly dead. In French with subtitles.

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