17 Girls (2012)
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Inspired by events that took place in Massachusetts, Delphine and Muriel Coulin's provocative debut focuses on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact. When Camille (Louise Grinberg) accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow high school classmates to follow suit. It's only a matter of time, before 17 girls in the high school are pregnant and the town is thrown into a world of chaos. Set in the writer/directors' small, seaside hometown of Lorient
Sep 21, 2012 Limited
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17 Girls is allegedly inspired by true events, but this diffident, dreamy film is so insubstantial it's hard to believe there's a speck of reality to be found in it.
The film suggests a state of grace between childhood and adulthood, but the narrative feels increasingly tentative, and the characters remain opaque - "local divas," in one teacher's estimation.
The question is why this incident seemed worth dramatizing, especially in such a dreamily romanti-cized way - with perfect pregnancies and friendly baby daddies.
The movie takes you inside the dreamy collective mentality of bored, mildly rebellious girls who look with horror at the lives of their mostly working-class parents.
The movie needs a tighter grip, yet the narrative detours, including a beach party and one especially liberating confrontation, can be surprisingly joyous.
The film's rhythms mimic the volatile emotional life of adolescence: the violent rushes between euphoria and despair, the overconfident contempt for adults mixed with regressive dependence when things fall apart.
The Coulin sisters spin a web of ironic, double-edged fantasy over the girls of Lorient and their child's-eye view of life.
The wonder of this remarkable film is that it retains an innocence of its own, even while alluding to the darkness on the horizon.
Exceedingly well-done film, based on a real news story, which addresses a growing international youth dilemma.
It's a subtle cautionary tale that also serves as an insightful if exaggerated examination of contemporary adolescence.
17 Girls has a nice look, and strong performances, but ultimately, the Coulins fail to go deeply enough into the heads of their protagonists.
At which point does a superficially "nonjudgmental" approach simply seem coy rather than sincerely evenhanded?
The story is remarkable in that it does an honest telling of real life events and does it accurately, too.
Delphine and Muriel Coulin make their feature film debut using the real life 2008 'pregnancy pact' scandal of Gloucester, Massachusetts as a jumping off point for a stunning looking contemplation on the often obsessive romanticism of teenaged girls.
...it's ultimately clear that there just isn't enough story here to sustain a full-length feature...
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