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Rated NR · 80 minutes · 2010

France has produced so many naturalistic dramas about teenage delinquents that the films practically constitute their own genre. This 2010 debut film by Rebecca Zlotowski may not be a genuine breakthrough like Maurice Pialat's À Nos Amours (1983) or Olivier Assayas's Cold Water (1994), to cite two apparent influences, but it's confident, well-paced, and inventive in its use of wide-screen photography and multitrack sound design. Léa Seydoux plays a 16-year-old girl experimenting with bad behavior after her mother's death; she gives the sort of performance critics like to call "courageous," which is to say she strips frequently and submits to a fair amount of onscreen humiliation. In French with subtitles.
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Producer: Frédéric Jouve
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier, Johan Libéreau, Guillaume Gouix, Anna Sigalevitch, Marie Matheron, Marina Tomé, Carlo Brandt, Nicolas Maury, Michael Abiteboul, Swann Arlaud, Agathe Schlenker, Sébastien Haddouk and Valérie Schlumberger

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