Gilded Youth

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.

With:
With: Alexandra Jeudon, Alexandra Laflandre.

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.

Gilded Youth

France

Production: An MK2 release of an Agat Films production, in association with Arte France Cinema, Ex Nihilo. (International sales: MK2, Paris.) Produced by Gilles Sandoz, Nicolas Blanc. Directed, written by Zaida Ghorab-Volta.

Crew: Camera (color), Pierre Milon; music, Areski & Ali Belkacem, Brigitte Fontaine; art director, Philippe Jacob. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight), May 11, 2001. Original title: Jeunesse doree. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Alexandra Jeudon, Alexandra Laflandre.

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