Peppermint Soda 1.0 stars

Diane Kurys's remembrance of things adolescent: little vignettes about such things as a girl's first period, ogre-ish grownups, sexual naivety, the grave political realities that exist above the average thirteen-year-old's awareness, things that bring a chuckle to your throat, a tear to your eye, a nod to your head, or some other completely automatic, superficial, and momentary response. Arlette Bonnard, Romy Schneider's gray-haired girlfriend in Simple Story, appears briefly and belatedly as a history teacher (a non-ogre) and interjects a refreshing blast of adultness. 1978.

Duncan Shepherd

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