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French filmmaker Jacques Doillon is renowned to know how to direct
children and teenagers. Apparently, his daughter Lola has the same
The plot of "Et toi t'es sur qui ?" (which can be translated into "Who is your love interest?") is a "comedy of morals" about two 15 year old girls who make a pact to lose their virginity before summer is over (in fact, they manage it before school's out). Elodie (Lucie Desclozeaux) and Julie, nicknamed "Batman" because of her Goth look (Christa Théret), are best friends at high school. Among their pals are Vincent (Gaël Tavares), in love with Elodie, and Nicolas (Nicolas Schweri). As their school breaks up for vocational training days, the girls examine their prospects from among their male friends. Mission is rapidly accomplished, but tangled consequences severely test the friendship among this small circle of young people.
There is nothing really new in this rites-of-passage movie, but it is told with gentle humor, with some hilarious lines ("What? You mean you f...d Batman?"). The young actors are all fresh and natural and Lola Doillon has a keen eye on contemporary teenagers (and respect for them as well). Hence, her first feature is very truthful, but its charm evaporates very quickly (and no, as you may have understood already, it is not one of those "teen movies" like "American Pie").
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This is essentially a teen movie aimed at teenagers and as such is probably no better or worse than any of the others. Lola Doillon has strong connections to the French film industry not least via her father, Jacques and his relationship with Jane Birkin, mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg, lover of Yvan Attal etc. Between them these people have racked up an impressive joint CV so Lola has a mountain to climb and it's probably fair to say that she makes it to Base camp reasonably comfortably and has been able to coax half-decent performances out of her leading sextet. To say more than this would be unrealistic praise, to say less would be unfair.
Internationally known as "Just About Love?" this film starts with two
girls making a simple plan: the both of them want to have sex before
the end of the Summer vacation that is just around the corner. They
want it because they don't want to become the oldest virgins in class.
They've got some simple rules too: it shouldn't be someone from school
because of all the rumors that would cause. And so the school day
starts - and as always, the most simple plans know the most difficult
The film is fresh, lifelike, quick and sometimes witty and never looses touch of the reality it is dealing with. Characters are so real one would be able to believe that this wasn't acted but actually filmed at an existing school with normal kids going through their school life without being told that they were filmed.
It is this freshness and realism that makes the film live. The characters are totally lovable and one can feel entirely bad for them when something bad happens to them. So, all in all, a lovely film about a difficult period in a human life.
8 out of 10 virgins defiled
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