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Teenaged Lea (Laurie Lévêque) is first seen scaling and gutting a fish, a harbinger of this exceptional short film's mood as it examines in abbreviated vignettes Lea's life -- a sort of day in the life of rebellious youth. Lea is seen with friends, arguing with her male friend, preparing for a night out on the town, and in an extended sequence we discover she is truly a little girl of the night. Lea's sexual encounter with an older man in a hotel room, explicit yet tastefully done, reveals a kind of youthful nihilism in the character. The cynicism of this character, who is well played by Laurie Lévêque, is matched by director Claudine Natkin's thoughtful staging and attention to nuance and emotional honesty. Natkin's camera floats around the actor's eyes as a method of conveying these emotional nuances, and succeeds beautifully. This approach was also used to excellent advantage in Natkin's previous short film, TOMBOY, another insight into the nature of youth albeit far more disturbing in its tone and content.
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