Slim is hardly the word to describe “Gilded Youth,” a paper-thin confection in which two teen friends drive from Paris to the Pyrenees and photograph buildings as they go. Well enough played by the young lead thesps, and offering an occasional visual delight en route, this second feature by short filmmaker Zaida Ghorab-Volta will have a struggle even getting on to Eurotubes outside France.
Blonde Angela (Alexandra Laflandre) and brunette Gwenaelle (Alexandra Jeudon), both from slightly dysfunctional families, get a municipal subsidy for a summer vacation project traveling round the country snapping folks in front of their houses. Raised in a dull Paris satellite, which they’ve never left, and both still virgins (a fact repeatedly stressed, for no good reason), they have a jolly time enjoying their freedom as they motor south, talking to locals and, in the latter stages, palling up with some young men. And then they reach the Pyrenees. Fin.