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Jeunesse dorée (2001)

Spring to summer 2000. Gwenaëlle and Angéla are friends. They are seventeen and eighteen years old and live in the same town in the suburbs of Paris. Summer vacation is coming up. They put ... See full summary »


Credited cast:
Alexandra Jeudon ...
Alexandra Laflandre ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loïc Augoyard ...
Violette Bermestre
Thomas Durand ...
Benoit Dussaugey
Maria Dussaugey
Laetitia Duval
Patricia Fantoni
Jean-Maurice Furgaut
Ronan Hervé
Daniel Lindemann ...
Karim Litam
Georgia Nahoum
David Pellot


Spring to summer 2000. Gwenaëlle and Angéla are friends. They are seventeen and eighteen years old and live in the same town in the suburbs of Paris. Summer vacation is coming up. They put in a project at the Youth Department of the local town hall. It is selected and funded. They will be able to carry it out. Their project is a trip around France to photograph people's homes. They invite people to pose in front of their houses and take photographs of themselves. When school goes back, an exhibition is organized at the town hall. Full of curiosity and strengthened by their friendship, they encounter people from a range of backgrounds. They broaden their horizons and open up to the possibilities life has to offer. They have many adventures and sometimes their encounters lead them to stay in one place for several days. Written by Anonymous

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27 March 2002 (France)  »

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Gilded Youth  »

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1.85 : 1
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a movie about learning to see, to see that life could be more..
21 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

'open your eyes and discover..' with this words began a song of the band 'yes' a few years ago, it could be the device of this film, the device for the two girls, who are the main characters, and a device for us the spectators. they are learning to see during this movie, and we, the viewers are learning with and through them. they and we learn, that life could be more, than tristesse. one of my thesis is, that you can appreciate ninety percent of all movies after the first two shots; in this case satisfies the first: an incredible establishing shot, a plan-sequence, technically and textual on the highest level. it shows you on the one hand the trist environment of the 'banlieue', of some town in the département 'hautes-de-seine', but it shows you also, because of the elaborating way this shot was made, the openminded curiosity of the view of the protagonist, because within the shot the point of view became subjectiv. so we are coming to another most important matter in making movies: the attitude; the attitude of the filmmaker is the view. the view at the protagonists, and this view has to be compassionate, tender-hearted, affectionate.

every good film reflects the medium, here through photography. the two girls goes on a journey for the very first time in their lives, a journey through France, to photograph buildings and speak with the people, who live there. this journey becomes a initiation and a deliverance, even because there is no cursory action, or very dramatic event. so the narrative plot is completely organic and natural, reduced to the essence; to apply ockam's razor. optically predominates fix shots in perfect cadrage, we have in mind the films of jean-marie straub and danièle huillet or in writing terms the oeuvre of peter handke. it is also a variation of alain tanners masterpiece 'messidor' (in a much more optimistic way), or wim wenders 'im lauf der zeit' (girls instead of men, much more optimistic also), roberto rossellinis 'viaggio in italia' (girls instead of couples, here is the term of salvation similar). the french knows the history of cinema, and whats movies are about, it seems since the day of birth. short: one of the best movies i've seen the last few weeks, which means a lot, in seeing about five films a day, a great director with a brilliant future..

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