"how do you know what I think?"
That sums up the film. About much more than being 14. It is a representation of society, kids pulled and pushed, dictated to, not listened to. Governed by big babies who call themselves adults and who are just violent as hell. Naturalistic and brilliant acting throughout and without fault.
And LOVE the "this is face discrimination!" line - hilarious, and bang on! Voice of truth.
Non-sensationalistic and free of arthouse stylisation/self-consciousness, it sometimes looked a bit like it's for TV, but that somehow makes it seem realer, more down to earth, more true to life. A great modest movie with some really good, sensitive performances that's about girls' friendships, female bravado, school power plays, the scariness of sex, parent-child frustrations and the persecution complex of being 14.
Plenty of scope for a terrible film, but it is not.
Nothing amazing, just a film that matches where the form manages to match the shape of the slog of a bunch of female French teens in provincial France.
too real. it hurt to watch at times it was such an accurate portrayal, but also beautifully human and touchingly true to the difficulties, confusion and insecurities of young people in search of recognition, love and affection.
Being 16+ more like to judge from the appearance of these teenage protagonists. Loved the final long-shot of the provincial French town, its apparent rural quiet containing all the preceding angst. Otherwise, unremarkable.
I gave up. 20 mins into the movie. It's unwatchable: One long sequence of unbelievably obnoxious characters who sexually taunt, harass and insult each others. The guys are all disgusting. And the girls are all vapid. No depth.
If this is truly what being a 14 year old school kid in France today, "Eh bein, Bravo la France!"
Gets the feelings of being a teenager right. They're irritating, hormonal monsters lashing out at whatever doesn't fit their tiny worldview. But it contextualizes it with boredom, sexual awakening, and family friction. So the characters are sympathetic because we get a sense of the confusion they feel in this setting. But it wasn't until one character shows magnanimity to another I thought, "They don't seem so bad."