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This is a movie about the friendship between four teenage girls. I'm probably not the best choice to review it because frankly I'd rather put a bullet in my brain than watch a Hollywood movie about this subject, but this is a FRENCH movie, which makes it somewhat more watchable. It has several things going for it. First, it's in French, so you don't have to suffer through the annoying "teen speak" (if you don't really understand French that is), which is always written by adult screenwriters and is not necessarily how any real teenagers talk anyway.
This movie is also refreshingly matter-of-fact in the way it treats teen sex. In Hollywood movies even the older teens are always virgins, yet paradoxically are absolutely obsessed with sex and the quest of trying to "lose it". One of the girls here (Anne-Sophie Franck) is a virgin, but more because of her strict, controlling mother (a pretty hilarious turn by regular Almovodar actress Rossy DiPalma) then because she'd have any real trouble "losing it" (she's absolutely beautiful--there'd be a long queu). Another girl (Lea Seydoux) has regular sex with her boyfriend, but she is dissatisfied with the love-making and at one point consults the Kama Sutra before solving the problem in a strange matter that involves a visit to Paris' most famous landmark. The third girl (Stefanie Sokolinski) is concerned with her weight (even though she looks quite fine). She gets hold of one of those old vibrating belts to lose weight, but discovers a much more practical use for it. The fourth girl, who's new to the group, is of African/Arab descent and is having problems with her father's new white girlfriend. But really none of these problems is taken too seriously, and this movie never shamelessly wallows in "teen angst" as Hollywood movies are wont to do.
Then there are the shower scenes. Feminists today are always banging on about the "Bechdel test" (which this movie definitely passes with flying colors). Well, you could have more movies that pass that "test" and still appeal to a general audience if you simply periodically stop and give the male portion of the audience what they want--bare boobs. It's not complicated. Hollywood actually used to do that in 80's teen films, but it's not politically correct somehow today, even though the vast majority of "teen" actresses, in both Hollywood and French movies like this, are usually the most gorgeous and fit twenty year olds you could possibly find. Anyway, the shower scenes make up for all the stupid scenes where Lea Seydoux's character has sex wearing all her underwear. They don't quite make up for all the dancing though. The characters are trying to win a dancing contest, aided by their new African/Arab friend, so the whole thing climaxes in a big dance off. But this movie has also one of those stupid scenes where the characters all start spontaneously dancing at a diner and no one tells them to stop dancing or get the hell out of the diner.
Lea Seydoux would go on to a lot bigger things like "La Vie de Adele" (where she definitely doesn't wear her underwear during sex) and several big Hollywood movies. Stefanie Sokolinski, now known simply as Soko, is pretty famous in France at least. Anne-Sophie Franck had a part in "Inglorious Basterds", but she should be in a lot more movies. All of these actresses went on to better things, but their combined presence here certainly serves to make this move pretty tolerable.
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