Review: ‘Just About Love?’

Pic has a John Hughes sensibility with a Euro sexual frankness that Ferris Bueller could only dream about.

Gallic adolescents looking to lose their virginity, win hearts and gentle laffs in French teen comedy, “Just About Love?” Feature bow by Lola Dollion — daughter of French helming vet Jacques Dollion — pic has a John Hughes sensibility with a Euro sexual frankness that Ferris Bueller could only dream about. Modest film will score solid B.O. with French release this June. However, without American pies or other such gross-out motifs, script may be too sophisticated for international teens. Fests may want to sample.

Fifteen-year-old best buddies Julie (Christa Theret) and and intellectually earnest Elodie (Lucie Desclozeaux) make a pact to lose their virginity before summer vacation commences. As their French rural school breaks up for vocational training days, they examine their prospects from among their high school colleagues. Mission is rapidly accomplished, but tangled consequences severely test the friendship of the distaff duo. Doillon’s helming is simple, clean and effective. Breezy, respectful script has a smart eye on contempo teens and refrains from imposing artificially mature wisdom. Perfs are convincingly natural, with Theret and Gael Traveres as Vincent standing out from the talented pack. Tech credits are as fine as a French summer’s day.

Just About Love?

France

Production

A Rezo Films, Ce Qui Me Meut presentation of a Ce Qui Me Meut production in association with France2. (International sales: Rezo Films, Paris.) Produced by Saga Blanchard. Directed, screenplay by Lola Doillon.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Romain Lacourbas; editor, Enrica Gattolini; music, Fixi Bossard; production designer, Gregory De-Min. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 23, 2007. Original title: Et toi, t'es sur qui. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Lucie Desclozeaux, Christa Theret, Gael Tavares, Nicolas Schweri, Shomron Haddad, Heloise Etrillard, Vincent Romeuf.

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