Dir. Claude Miller, 1985, 96min, 35min
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Clothilde Baudon, Bernadette Lafont, Julie Glenn
In French with English subtitles
Charlotte Gainsbourg won a César Award for Most Promising Actress with her first lead role in this instant classic about the awkwardness, insecurities, and rage of early adolescence. As Charlotte, a 13-year old drifting through the summer doldrums, Gainsbourg encounters the ambiguous attentions of an older man, and an intoxicating meeting with child piano prodigy. Her performance suggests the disarmingly honest quality that would make her one of the essential actresses of our time. In her whispered defiance, Gainsbourg displays an extraordinary skill of attracting our attention and sympathy while appearing to run from them.