Search

Review: Love Like Poison

PUBLISHED: 13:37 22 May 2011

Love Like Poison

Love Like Poison

Archant

A young girl’s coming of age mixed up with strong Catholic faith would seem to be a potent brew but Katell Quillévéré’s debut film is underplayed and naturalistic.

Fourteen-year-old Anna (Clara Augarde) returns home from a Catholic boarding school to Brittany to discover that her father has left home and her mother (Lio) is an emotional wreck.

While her distraught parent seeks comfort in the Church, young Anna prepares for her confirmation and finds her salvage in the words of her grandfather Jean (Michel Galabru).

A local boy called Pierre (Youen Leboulanger-Gourvil), who has little time for God in his freewheeling life, proves a catalyst for Anna’s sexual awakening and the teenager must wrestle with a maelstrom of emotions as she takes the first tentative steps towards womanhood.

This is the kind of film where some strange little scene will strike you as wonderful for no particular reason. For me it was the one where the boy coaxes the young priest to join a game of football and he resists before suddenly throwing off his jacket and running on to the pitch and asserting himself into the game with a flurry of activity.

In the next scene we see him puffed out and excited by the game. It doesn’t really seem to be saying anything in particular but it really makes you believe in the depth of these characters and the truth of the situation.

The plot is familiar stuff but delivered with such nuance and detail you suspect it might have been taken directly scene by scene from Quillévéré’s own upbringing.

Love Like Poison (15)

Director: Katell Quillevere

With: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru, Stefano Cassetti and Youen

Leboulanger-Gouvril

Length: 92 mins

***


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Norwich Evening News. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Norwich Evening News