The twenty-something Betty comes to a remote small town and strikes a friendship with the fourteen-year old local girl Lea, who is fascinated by her new friend's tales of partying and ...
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The twenty-something Betty comes to a remote small town and strikes a friendship with the fourteen-year old local girl Lea, who is fascinated by her new friend's tales of partying and living in the fast lane in the big city. Betty has ulterior motives for befriending the young girl, however. Written by
Interesting French-Canuck film let down by its ending
This obscure French-Canadian film is about a young teenage girl who becomes attracted to an older female drifter and is drawn into her fast lifestyle. It's a fairly realistic film, but, to my mind at least, kind of goes off the rails at the end.
The protagonist is supposed to be a naïve 14-year-old, but she often looks more like an attractive senior in high school, which I suspect is more what she was in real life--not because she has graphic sex or nude scenes in the movie--but because on several occasions she is seen SMOKING, and having a real teenager smoking in a movie these days goes over about as well as clubbing real baby seals. Sometimes having a 18-plus actress playing a 14 year old can damage the plausibility of the movie, but that's not a serious problem here as both actresses do a good job and are generally convincing in their roles.
The problem is while this may have been believable as a singular fictional story, that would have required a bit more character development. Instead the film seem to veer into the area of alarmist "social commentary" that south of the (US-Canadian) border tends to be relegated to TV movies and Lifetime Channel. It also doesn't ring entirely true. Small-town kids can get in a lot of trouble right in their own small towns, but the idea they are going to be preyed upon by sophisticated "city folk" because there just aren't enough homeless runaways and drug addicts in the city for these people to prey upon is not entirely believable. This is an interesting film, but it should have stuck more to being a single character study and not opted at the end for rather trite social commentary
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