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Peppermint Soda (1977)

Diabolo menthe (original title)
In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eléonore Klarwein ...
Odile Michel ...
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Mme Weber
Michel Puterflam ...
M. Weber
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Philippe
Robert Rimbaud ...
M. Cazeau
Marie-Véronique Maurin ...
Muriel (as Marie Véronique Maurin)
Corinne Dacla ...
Pascale
Coralie Clément ...
Perrine
Valérie Stano ...
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Mlle Petitbon
Anne Guillard ...
Véronique Vernon ...
Evelyne
Dora Doll ...
Mme Clou - Le professeur de gymnastique
Françoise Bertin ...
Le professeur de Français
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In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School starts. For Frédérique it's the year of her first serious love, her first foray into politics (the Algerian question and "ban the bomb"), her first kiss from an older man, her first friend who runs away, and her first loss of friendship over values. For Anne, who watches her sister closely, it's a year of her first period and of learning to talk to boys, dealing with unfair teachers, and sorting things out with mom after getting in trouble. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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14 December 1977 (France)  »

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Peppermint Soda  »

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1.66 : 1
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The film's original French title, "Diabolo menthe," translates as "Devil Mint." The English-language title, "Peppermint Soda," refers to a carbonated beverage, a "non-potent potable," made using peppermint; this is a favorite beverage of the two sisters who are the film's central characters. See more »

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Followed by Cocktail Molotov (1980) See more »

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Summer Holiday
Written by Bruce Welch & Brian Bennett
Performed by Cliff Richard & The Shadows
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Insight-filled story of one year in the lives of two French sisters
26 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Insight-filled story of one year (1963-64) in the lives of two French sisters, living in Paris with their divorced mother and trying their best to cherish the joy while coping with the pain of growing up. Director Kurys, who dedicated this, her first film, to her own sister "who still hasn't returned my orange sweater," obviously knows whereof she speaks, since the character's ages correspond to her own growing up years. Nevertheless, the actual time period doesn't become clear until late in the movie, and the characters and incidents are certainly universal.

As the older sister, Odile Michel is lovely, and does a capable job with her role. The gem in this movie, though, is Eleanore Klarwein, who is captivating as the younger, more sensitive sibling who doesn't yet understand all that is going on around her, but struggles onward to meet each day nonetheless.


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