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Sweet Girls (2015)

Marie and Elodie think that the lack of affordable housing for the young can be resolved by reducing the number of retired pensioners in their apartment block, Le Lignon. As they scheme, they learn about the elderly and themselves.
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Credited cast:
Viviana Aliberti Viviana Aliberti ... La mère de Marie
Jade Amstel Jade Amstel ... Présentatrice TV Shopping
Maurice Aufair Maurice Aufair ... M. Durand
Flore Babled Flore Babled ... Elodie
Marine Beguin Marine Beguin ... Natacha
Christiane Caloust Christiane Caloust ... Mme Martinet
Françoise Chapel Françoise Chapel ... Mme Magnin
Laurie Comtesse Laurie Comtesse ... Jenny
Syla de Rawsky Syla de Rawsky ... Mme Gendraux
Pierre-Felix Delay Pierre-Felix Delay ... M. Zbinden
Pierre-Antoine Dubey Pierre-Antoine Dubey ... Eric
Adrien Farquet Adrien Farquet ... M. Meunier
Dominique Favre-Bulle Dominique Favre-Bulle ... Grand-mère d'Elodie
Irène Godel Irène Godel ... La mère d'Elodie
Dina Levias Dina Levias ... Yvonne Keller
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Marie and Elodie think that the lack of affordable housing for the young can be resolved by reducing the number of retired pensioners in their apartment block, Le Lignon. As they scheme, they learn about the elderly and themselves.

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Comedy

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 August 2015 (South Korea) See more »

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CHF 1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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"Aucune personne âgée n'a eté blessée ou maltraitée durant le tournage." ("No elderly people were injured or mistreated during filming.") See more »

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They are sweet... in their own way.
13 November 2018 | by TrTm316See all my reviews

So what, if the plot of Sweet Girls arises from a flawed premise, is carried out by characters whose moral compasses are spinning wildly, and becomes slightly unbelievable? It's still incredibly entertaining! It's funny in some spots, poignant in others, very well acted, and you keep watching because you care what happens next.

Teens Marie and Elodie conclude that the economic dead end facing people their age - and particularly the lack of affordable housing -- is the fault of the older generation, and decide to get rid of the retired pensioners in their apartment block. Not just one or two, either.

Sweet Girls stands out by providing a look into the lives of two incredibly different groups living side-by-side with almost no interaction. Many of the elderly are alone, either abandoned or having outlived their friends, and live quiet lives in solitude remembering the past, while the teens party hard with people they don't really know. But these girls try to do something about the present. A report card would say they show tremendous initiative and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances. The resolution of the story isn't terribly complex, but we do see some character growth without falling into the cloying sweetness of a Hallmark moment.

A coming of age tale runs in parallel with the caper, but it's well integrated and unobtrusive. Some may say that the director "doesn't know what he wants the movie to be." I disagree: the love story adds welcome depth and humanity to the lead characters. On a side note, there is one interesting directoral flourish: the parents and siblings of Marie and Elodie are visible, and they speak their lines... but we never see their faces.

Sweet Girls isn't really a comedy, but it's fun to watch. 7 stars out of 10.


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