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Anna a young teenager comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local priest, who is also a childhood friend. Anna clings to her beloved grandfather. She also grows close to Pierre, a free-spirited teenager who cares little about God. Anna is preparing for her confirmation, but her budding desire for Pierre shakes her faith. She longs to give herself over, body and soul... but doesn't know if it is to God, or something else? Written by
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French screenwriter, costume designer and director Katell Quillévéré's feature film debut which she co-wrote with screenwriter Mariette Désert, premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on location in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Justin Taurand. It tells the story about a 14-year-old girl named Anna Falguères whom is living with her grandparents where she has been staying with her mother named Jean ever since she returned from a Catholic boarding school and learned that her mother and father named Paul had separated. Anna is awaiting a visit from her father and whilst she is preparing for her upcoming confirmation at a church called Saint Louis in France and her mother is coming to terms with her break-up through conversations with a parish priest named Francois, she befriends a boy named Pierre.
Distinctly and intimately directed by French filmmaker Katell Quillévéré, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a tender and incisive portrayal of a French daughter's relationship with her parents, her bed-ridden grandfather and a same-aged boy. While notable for its distinctly atmospheric and naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by French screenwriter, composer, cinematographer and director Tom Harari, production design by French production designer Anna Falguères, costume design by costume designer Mahemiti Deregnaucourt and use of colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story where a girl's sexual awakening clashes with her religious perceptions, depicts an internal and heartrending study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Olivier Mellano.
This eloquently romantic, charmingly humorous, conversational and reflective coming-of-age drama from the late 2000s which is set during a summer in a village in France and where the child of a man who doesn't believe in God and a woman who does believe in God has pivotal experiences with her grandfather and with another person which makes her reconsider and oppose her confirmation, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, distinguishable style of filmmaking, lyrical aura, scenes between Anna and Pierre and the commendable acting performances by French actress Clara Augarde in her debut feature film role, French actress Lio and French actor Michel Galabru. A refined, atmospheric and profound directorial debut which gained, among other awards, the Prix Jean Vigo at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
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