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Peppermint Soda (1977)




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This gentle, closely observed autobiographical tale, a first film by director Diane Kurys, got a very favorable critical reception at the time of its release. It concerns the experiences of Anne (Eleonore Klarwein) and Frederique (Odile Michel), the 13- and 15-year-old daughters of a separated Jewish couple. They are attending a grim, rule-crazy school in the early 1960s. Anne is unsocial and not much of an "achiever"; she tries to find out what is going on around her by eavesdropping on her mother and her older sister. Frederique is much more outgoing, has a crush on someone much older than herself, and is beginning to feel the first pangs of love. They are both awkward around their father, whom they visit on school holidays. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Odile Michel
as Frederique
Anouk Ferjac
as Mme. Weber
Jacqueline Boyen
as Mlle. Petitbon
Tsila Chelton
as Mme. Colotte
Dora Doll
as Mme. Clou
Jacques Rispal
as Superintendent
Françoise Bertin
as Mademoiselle Sassy
Arlette Bonnard
as Mme. Poliakoff
Corinne Dacla
as Pascal Carimil
Anne Guillard
as Sylvie Le Garrec
Valérie Stano
as Martine Dubreuil
Veronique Vernon
as Evelyne Delacroix
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Critic Reviews for Peppermint Soda

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Kurys, at the time a disillusioned actress-writer who reportedly had never held any kind of camera before, showed a remarkable assurance visually and rhythmically when mixing the serious with the playful.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Peppermint Soda feels timeless and relatable while also specific to its era - Kurys herself was between Anne's and Frédérique's ages in the years the film takes place.

August 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Although a respectable and occasionally beguilling first feature, "Peppermint Soda" lacks a certain fizz and staying power.

October 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Few films have managed to capture the innocence of childhood, and Kurys demonstrates in her first a capability and firm touch for not only the craft but the essence of fine film.

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Peppermint Soda is a charming and poignant glimpse at two ordinary teenage girls dealing with all of the inherent messiness that comes with growing up a member of the so-called second sex.

February 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The focus here isn't necessarily in what happens to Anne and Frédérique, so much as how they survive it, with fierce loyalty to each other, in a world that they're quickly learning won't always treat them kindly.

October 17, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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