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Everyone at sports camp shows more skin than Clara (Selma Brook), an insecure beauty who hides her extra pounds under ankle-length skirts. Her roommate and best pal (Stephanie Sokolinski) ditches her for a popular boy, leaving her defenseless against teens who zero in on misfits like sharks on chum. French coming-of-age films are remarkable for their protagonists' philosophical—often coldly clinical—approach toward losing their virginity, and Clara, wounded by her friend's rejection, not only explores her lesbian proclivities but also adopts the pack mentality. Patrick Grandperret, who directed this 2003 digital video, previously collaborated with Claire Denis and Maurice Pialat, two other directors fascinated by cruelty. In French with subtitles. 85 min.

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