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
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