Actress-turned-director Melanie Laurent’s second feature is essentially “Mean Girls” for the arthouse crowd. Based on Anne-Sophie Brasme’s novel of the same name, Laurent’s film focuses on a pair of mismatched French schoolgirls who become fast friends in the kind of consuming and obsessive way that should look familiar to plenty of viewers.
As her relationship with the wild Sarah (Lou de Laage) starts to erode, Charlie (Josephine Japy) begins to crumble in spectacularly unsettling ways. Laurent nails the nature of female friendships, the passion and excitement, the way that young girls find their identity rooted in who they pal around with, the deep sadness when things go awry, but she amps it up with psychological touches that push the film into some very unexpected — though not unearned — territory. It’s chilling, but it also feels relatable, a wicked combo. – Indiewire
|Oct 26 – 29 Rhinebeck|
|Monday – Tuesday||8:00|
(France / 2014 / Directed by Mélanie Laurent)
Unrated / 91 mins.