Following her mother’s death, 16-year-old Junie changes high school mid-year and finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias, who introduces her to his friends, who all seem to want to date her. Honoré updates La princesse de Clèves to a modern day high school setting.
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The movie's vision of a perpetually overcast France full of pale-skinned and pouty-lipped Parisian teens may or may not be an accurate reflection of reality, but it's a reality I'd like to escape to. This is a film about love, a subject that is sacred to some and passe to others, but I was mostly just thrilled to see a film that treats young love with the same seriousness and severity as teenagers experience it.
Moody French drama attempts a mediation on love and trust, but can't seem to get its story straight. The characters never come into focus, which makes any moments of real emotional authenticity lose their way in a confused muddle of unconvincing character motivations. It tries to be deep and melancholy, but just ends up dreary and dull.