Solid debut feature from director Eva Husson whose intent here may be murky for some but her power to convey beautiful image is very clear. Those getting hung up on the open sexuality here or thinking its a modern safe sex/abstinence p.s.a are severely missing the point. Husson's film is a universal take on teenage detachment and burgeoning sexuality but in a modern context of forced apathy and impersonal technology.
There's a point in Bang Gang when one character comments on the activities of another as being "profoundly mediocre", which almost sums up the entire film. It's almost like a French extension of the world shown by Larry Clark in Kids (although not nearly as bleak - the sex and debauchery here is more pleasant and elegant, even if it could lead to similar results). Not really gripping viewing though.
Even if this cynical and moralistic drama is allegedly based on real events, it is really hard to believe that 16-year-old teenagers would engage so openly in those sort of sexual practices, and the narrative is also weakened by an irregular structure and obvious lack of focus. http://www.filmotrope.com
Beautiful actors + photography in this softcore porn drama, based on a "true story" (often a recipe for disaster in a film). True or not, teenagers trying to fuck away their teen ennui just isn't interesting. 3 stars anyway for the production value and the talented young actors (especially Marilyn Lima) who are not to blame for a weak story. A line at the end sums it up: "It's all so profoundly mediocre".
I wish I could give it more. But all of it is average: the dialogue, the sexual depiction ( if effective ), the script, the turning point, the shallow characters and dialogue. It's really disappointing because there are tons of seeds of good stuff in; instead it turns into an adult fantasy about teenagers ( who tend to be ultra conservative, which does not preclude libertine ) Also, everybody looks way too good.
Regardless of whether or not this based on a true story, it comes across as yet another exercise in soft porn barely masquerading as something more highbrow. Actually with less sex and without the tedious over-choreographed orgy scenes it could have been a half decent coming of age movie. A waste of a very natural young cast.