Kurys’ feature debut, based on her autobiography, is a sensitive account of a year in the lives of two sisters – 13-year-old, introverted Anne, and outgoing 15-year-old Frédérique – in the early 1960s. Without ever lapsing into melodrama, the film adopts a decidedly un-nostalgic tone, lucidly charting the everyday oppressions of school life and the girls’ difficult relationships with their parents – a separated Jewish couple – their friends and each other. Sometimes compared to Truffaut’s Les 400 coups, this unsentimental look at adolescence, with the 1960s setting serving primarily to define the social and political context of the girls’ rites of passage, offers a new perspective, at the time, of a story centred on three central female characters.
Sun 20 June 2pm
Tue 22 June 6.30pm