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The Party (1980)

La boum (original title)
This is the story about the first love experiences of a teenage-girl.

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Denise Grey ...
Jean-Michel Dupuis ...
Étienne
Dominique Lavanant ...
Vanessa
Bernard Giraudeau ...
Éric Lehman
Jacques Ardouin ...
Père de Raoul
Evelyne Bellego ...
Éliane
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Guibert
Bernard Born ...
Skating Rink Bouncer
Jean-Claude Bouillaud ...
Père Boum 2
Micheline Bourday ...
Journaliste 'VSD'
Florence Brunold ...
Femme enceinte
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ...
Brassac
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13 years old Vic is new in her high school; soon she makes friends with Penelope. Together they check out the guys in quest for a great love. But Vic's parents are their handicap, since they won't allow her to attend the "boum", a big party. But with some help of grandma Poupette it works out anyways and Vic falls in love with Matthieu. At the same time her parent's marriage is on the edge when her father's ex-girlfriend demands a last night together. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Film debut of Sophie Marceau. See more »

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Murkey Turkey
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Music by Vladimir Cosma
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Teenie movie now for grown-ups
7 March 2006 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Like many, I recall watching this film as a teenager in French class at a US high school. At that time, the appealing qualities for me were the "kids just trying to have fun" elements: the discotech dance parties, and the effusive French culture which at the time (anyone still remember the Cold War?) showed the affinity of the western world states for their different social values.

I just watched the film again, with Chinese subtitles no less, and was really struck by the fact that much of the story resounds with parents. The scene of the parents huddling around the pay phone, each not wanting to be the one to embarrass their child by showing up first is great. The line, "Je Montre!", is just the feeling of charging into the breach of the unknown that a real parent with a 13 year-old daughter should expect.

I was also struck by how out of place the "cross-culture" elements appear today. The scene socializing a MacDonalds, the "fait un American" dance, the UCLA sweatshirt... I doubt they have much place in today's climate of "freedome fries" and "economic techno-goober globalization". You can watch this film thinking "Vic/Mathew is dreamy", "Boum = fun", but I suggest after you're done, rewind the tape and watch it again looking for the second layer of social observation that abound. Ask yourself whether you will ever see this generation of kids sitting at home on the floor talking on the phone (why bother when then all have cell phones), or even going to a real live Boum (when there are "no consequences" chat rooms, video games, 100+ channels of cable TV, and so much "don't get left behind in the global rat race" anxiety).


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