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'Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)' is based on true events, but it's
hard to imagine even a French father, upon discovering his sixteen
year-old son has been attending orgies, being laid-back enough to
describe it as "profoundly mediocre", as happens here! When a game of
Spin the Bottle gets a more adult twist, a group of teenagers from a
nice middle-class area of town fall into having impromptu orgies.
Against this background various other stories play out: the Lothario
(Finnegan Oldfield - if he's as Irish as his name suggests he's got a
superb French accent - to my English ears, anyway!) who uses the
opportunity to toy with the affections of two girls; and the musician,
carer for his disabled father, who stands apart from the crowd while
lusting after one of the girls. But the film seems to have no focus
until near its end when, faced with the consequences of their actions,
the teenagers are revealed as just that - irresponsible teenagers, and
not as sophisticated as they'd imagined themselves to be.
Even though there is a deal of nudity in the film, there's little eroticism: the rock-video editing means the viewer is rarely sure exactly who's bits he's looking at! The film made little impression on me; in fact, I spent most of it thinking what horrendous underwear everyone was wearing, and worrying about the fate of the hamster.
A group of kids in France start an orgy party. It sounds like a great
idea, so I went to go see it.
The story was there but was not that much of a focus to drive the movie. More so the characters in the movie were more interesting as well as their personal sub plots: Alex, a 17 year old boy who seems lost being all by himself with no adult supervision. Gabriel, who's having some real issues at home with his father's accident and tries to escape in his music. George, the most stereotypical story of a hot girl who got the attention of a hot guy than lost that guy's attention after having sex with him and tries to cope and Laetitia who's not getting any attention and is looking for excitement. Some decent acting is going on, good enough to make me want to watch.
I feel like the movie is trying to teach some young kids a lesson about the cautions of group sex, but I guess because it's based on a true story is the reason why the lesson was so weak.
It's cool that they are keeping true to the story and the focus on some of the characters was enjoyable, but I must warn you, it does go on and on without nothing really happening, and it's more about relating to what is going on.
I did like it, I can't help it because nudity and sex is involved, but I took nothing from it.
With even theatrical French films being largely financed by television
these days, it's perhaps not surprising so much modern French cinema is
devoted to "social problem" films like this. Although this is allegedly
based on a true story, I don't know that middle-class teenagers
engaging in wild sex orgies is really all that widespread of social
problem even in France (although I'm sure a lot of horny male teenagers
probably WISH it was a widespread social problem). More likely this was
a "man-bites-dog" story that got attention from the French media
because it was UNUSUAL, not because it was necessarily typical of what
a lot of French teens are up to these days.
Still, if this were an American film, it would undoubtedly be either much more alarmist or much more exploitative (or perhaps both in the case of something like Larry Clark's "Kids"). This film, however, remains fairly non-judgmental and realistic. Its three protagonists--a shy male musician and two girls who get played by the same smooth-talking "player"--are realistic and sympathetic, even if the background given of their problems and their home-life doesn't really account for why they would become juvenile swingers. But I suppose teenagers don't necessarily need any more excuses to be sexually promiscuous than adults do.
It's probably not a coincidence that there are a lot more French films about middle-class teenage or college students who become prostitutes ("Student Services", "Young and Beautiful") or all decide to get pregnant ("17 Filles") or engage in sex orgies like this then there are about teenagers who do their homework, generally listen to their parents, and are focused on getting into a good university. Still, this film is not nearly as exploitative as it COULD be. There is a fair amount of nudity (actually more male than female), but it's not all that shocking since all the actors look at least five years too old to actually BE teenagers. (They're all pretty attractive too in the naturalistic French way). Still, I miss the more old-style French films that are more arty and/or literary and personal and are focused on singular characters as opposed to "real", but frankly also quite boring, people.
I have nothing against explicit sex in movies when it has function to
make story stronger and leave deeper impression. Of course, I like good
porn too. But when movie that is not porn is based on two hours of sex
and nudity while there's no relevant story, that is simply crappy
movie. Neither it tells good story, nor shows good sex. I want my two
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** Please Note Slight Plot Spoiler ahead** This is an unusual film in
that it is dealing with middle class teenagers who decide to let it all
hang out literally and then the curse of the social media gets
involved. It is told around the main character of a young man who is a
silver tongued charmer and extremely manipulative.
He gets other teenagers to join him in his sexual dalliances and they party where anything goes. What starts out as a 'bit of fun' soon takes on a much darker hue and it is a very interesting journey for all involved.
Now this is the sort of film where I felt not a lot happened it is a slow build up. However, when you sit back and think about it, then I realised that there was a lot more subtleties going on which actually needed the build up to work. The acting is all fine and there is a fair bit of nudity. If you like your films fast and the plot spelled out then this will probably be one to avoid, but if you are up for a bit of Gallic indiscretion then you may well find something here to like.
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