Peppermint Soda

Diabolo Menthe

Online: Tuesday, September 14–Monday, September 20, 2021

In Person: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
4 & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Introduction by Sean Price Williams

Dir. Diane Kurys, 1977, France. 101 min. Color DCP
With Éléonore Klarwein, Odile Michel, Anouk Ferjac
In French with English subtitles

A quintessential coming-of-age film, Peppermint Soda captures a year in the life of Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and Frédérique (Odile Michel), two adolescent sisters at an all-girls school in France in 1963. Together, they experience a rapid-fire onslaught of firsts during a time of political protest and social change.

With Cliff Richard singing in the background, summer romances, best friends, big sisters, leather loafers, divorced moms, and back-to-school jitters are all par for the course in this timeless and poignant portrait of adolescence.

Shot in 1977, this autobiographical film was Diane Kurys’s directorial debut—and instantly became a classic.

The movie is handsomely crafted yet also sweet and buoyant in its innocence.” — The New York Times

Kurys showed a remarkable assurance visually and rhythmically when mixing the serious with the playful.” — Los Angeles Times

Part of FIAF’s Fête de la Rentrée: A Fall Open House Celebration (September 13–15)

Film Trailer