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LOVE LIKE POISON
UN POISON VIOLENT
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru, Stefano Cassetti, Thierry Neuvic, Youen Leboulanger-Gourvil, Philippe Duclos, Françoise Navarro, François Bernard
Director: Katell Quillevere
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 92 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains brief strong nudity
UK Release Date: 13 May 2011 (Limited Release)
Set in rural Brittany, LOVE LIKE POISON is a coming-of-age drama which skilfully combines sexual frankness with a captivating sense of innocence. The directorial debut of Katell Quillevere, the film was a surprise, yet deserved, critical hit at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Anna (newcomer, Clara Augarde), a young teenager, comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is totally devastated and seeks out her childhood friend who is also a local priest. Anna looks to her beloved grandfather for support.
She also grows close to Pierre, a free-spirited teenager who cares little about God. Anna is preparing for her confirmation, but her budding desire for Pierre shakes her faith. She longs to give herself over, body and soul but doesn't know if it is to God, or something else...?
The beauty of the Brittany landscape is captured by cinematographer Tom Harari. A diverse soundtrack includes English folk songs, church choirs and a choral rendition of Radiohead's 'Creep'.