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17 FILLES

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Section

Competition 16-20

Director

Delphine and Muriel Coulin

Country

France

Year

2011

Production

Archipel 35

Credits

Screenplay

Delphine e Muriel Coulin

Photography

Jean-Louis Vialard (a.f.c)

Editing

Guy Lecorne

Music

Olivier Mauvezin

Cast

Louise Grimberg, Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran, Esther Garrel

Language

o.v. French

Subtitles

subt. Italian/German

Duration

87'

Age

over 16
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The film

Spring 2008. 17 girls at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts get pregnant within a short time. The school’s medical service notices how happy the girls are when they learn they’re expecting. These teenagers had made a pact to have children and raise them together. The leader of the group is Camille who, having gotten pregnant because of a defective condom, decides not to abort and to get her friends involved. From the moment they become mothers they change from daughters dependent on parents to parents themselves. The effect of peer imitation is cemented by the desire to be young mothers who won’t make the same mistakes their parents made with them. The film’s location is in France.

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The filmmaker

 

Before majoring in political science, Brittany-born Delphine Coulin studied literature. She worked for ten years as a screenwriter for the Arte television network and then devoted herself entirely to writing and cinema. Her first novel, “Les Traces”, published in 2001, received critical acclaim. It dealt with the themes of ageing and how ephemeral life is. The same themes were explored in a short story collection, “Une seconde de plus”, published in 2006, followed in 2008 by another novel, “Les Mille-vies”. Meanwhile she has been writing and directing short subjects with her sister Muriel, with whom she collaborated for this first feature film.

 

Screenings

14 November, 08:30 Cinema Forum

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