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The Twilight Girls (1957)

Les collégiennes (original title)
A beautiful and sophisticated teenager is placed in a regimented French girls' boarding school after her father apparently commits suicide over a business scandal. She immediately gains ... See full summary »

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Christian Brenner
Marie-Hélène Arnaud ...
Catherine Royer
Estella Blain ...
Marthe
Christine Carère ...
Monique
Agnès Laurent ...
Anne-Marie
Véronique Verlhac ...
Solange
Paul Guers ...
Gilles
Jacqueline Corot ...
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Sophie Daumier ...
Nicole (as Betty Daumier)
Anna Gaylor ...
Geneviève
Picolette ...
Bernadette
Madeleine Barbulée ...
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Anita Treyens ...
Betty
Sylvie Dorléac ...
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A beautiful and sophisticated teenager is placed in a regimented French girls' boarding school after her father apparently commits suicide over a business scandal. She immediately gains admirers -- a lustful middle-aged artist, a handsome young composer, a fellow female student -- as well as a jealous rival. With the help of her schoolmates, she attempts to elope with the composer, but the adults catch on to the plot, and she is locked into her room at night. Written by goblinhairedguy

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Film debut of Georgina Spelvin. See more »

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When the girls kiss,the blondes hand is on the brunettes shoulder,but in the next close-up,her hand is on the other girls cheek. See more »

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Edited into Dictionary of Sex (1964) See more »

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haunting faces, creeping eroticism
11 March 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Despite its frank (for the time) look at schoolgirl lust, this is ultimately a rather tepid melodrama in the traditional French coming-of-age genre. Due to the staid setting and pedestrian direction, it affords none of the retro-chic cachet of other foreign films imported by Radley Metzger's Audubon Films at the time. In fact, Metzger ingeniously shot and inserted some racier nude and lesbian scenes for the delayed import version (included on both the VHS and DVD releases), featuring a young, innocent-looking Georgina Spelvin! However, the requisite shower scene featuring Agnes Laurent is obviously from the original. There is also a gratifying hint of middle-aged adults being much more in tune with the girls' problems and desires than one would expect, and an equally fascinating subtext of adults (both male and female) lusting after the not-always-so-innocent girls.

The film serves best as a time capsule of the era just on the brink of the sexual revolution, and especially as a gallery of fascinating faces which decorated other Eurocult items -- Laurent, Estella Blain (who steals the show here with her exotic look) and, as a little girl, Catherine Deneuve, much spunkier than in any of her adult roles. Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog also believes he sees a teenage Bardot in one scene, but this is not readily apparent in the VHS version. Metzger would go on to create his own Euro-style schoolgirl epic, Therese and Isabelle.


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