Love Like Poison 2010
Un poison violent (original title)
1h 32min | Drama | 14 May 2010 (France)
Anna a young teenager comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local priest, who is also a childhood friend. Anna clings to her beloved grandfather. She also grows close to Pierre, a free-spirited teenager who cares little about God. Anna is preparing for her confirmation, but her budding desire for Pierre shakes her faith. She longs to give herself over, body and soul… but doesn’t know if it is to God, or something else?
I would have been so much happier without all the rubbish that is religion banging, crashing, looming and forcing itself on the viewer like a mangled corpse that you can’t escape the stench of.
However, having said that, that is exactly what the point of the movie is about… the distortion of religion… how it forces young children to make decisions about their future opinions, thoughts and ideologies, way before they are even at an age where those decisions should be made… where nothing is left to choice, that most important of all human aspects.
How a young teenage girl must deal with a mother who’s husband has left her for another woman, how she herself must deal with a father who has upped and gone, how her rather thought-provoking grandfather dies and how to deal with her first love and feelings of awakening sexuality. All very important and real aspects piling on to a young girl’s life… but where she is also valiantly struggling to retain that all important ‘choice.’
Interesting. I would have rated it higher except for having to sit through two sermons and listen to the wailing of communion.
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Writers: Mariette Désert (collaboration), Katell Quillévéré
Stars: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru
Country of origin: France
Languages: French, Italian, English
Filming locations: Brasparts, Finistère, France
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.56 GiB
Duration : 1 h 21 min
Overall bit rate : 2 728 kb/s