Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of ...
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Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.
Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn't asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It's a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both. Written by
Whilst beautifully shot mainly in the Gironde area, I'm really puzzled as to why this film has been so well received.
I'm very familiar with French cinema and happen to have seen LES COMBATTANTS twice. I was rather hoping that the second time around, I would discover some little gem, I had missed the first time. I didn't.
Although the leading actress Adele Haenel is excellent, none of the rest of the cast made much impression on me and as a story line about young army recruits, there little novelty except that one of them is female. The rest is all rather predictable.
Frankly I preferred the similarly themed 1980 Goldie Hawn comedy PRIVATE BENJAMIN
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