Marie Baie Des Anges

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Bursting with unrestrained energy and light, Manuel Pradal's debut film celebrates reckless and fickle youth. Marie (Vahina Giocante) is a carefree 14-year-old with no home to go to and lots of time to curry favor with American sailors, some of whom dance around and mug for the camera as though they were in some lost Gene Kelly movie. But the group Marie...read more

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Bursting with unrestrained energy and light, Manuel Pradal's debut film celebrates reckless and fickle youth. Marie (Vahina Giocante) is a carefree 14-year-old with no home to go to and lots of time to curry favor with American sailors, some of whom dance

around and mug for the camera as though they were in some lost Gene Kelly movie. But the group Marie is touring the countryside with are altogether more conventional and just want to get in her knickers. Marie is just as popular with the local boys, particularly Orso (Frédéric Malgras), a sullen

young thug as stubborn as a charcoal stain on a white linen dress. The boys run around swimming, attacking women and committing acts of petty thievery for which they're eventually sent to reform school. Orso escapes and runs off with Marie to an island, where they share a PIERROT LE FOU-like idyll

that ends with an abrupt return to the mainland. Several scenes in which Marie is blissfully sandwiched between two gorgeous boys on a motorcycle are reminiscent of Andre Techine's WILD REEDS, but the reference only serves to underscore how much less coherent this film is. Pradal uses his majestic

Mediterranean locations beautifully: Images of fishermen gathering their nets and packs of teenagers massed on the beaches of Nice and Marseilles are contrasted with high-tech Formula One races and international soccer matches erupting into violence. Pradal's fluid, rudimentary approach suits the

transitional state in which these rambling kids are mired. But because there's no story to speak of, we need more from non-actors Giocante and Malgras than poses and teenage ennui, and they just don't deliver.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Bursting with unrestrained energy and light, Manuel Pradal's debut film celebrates reckless and fickle youth. Marie (Vahina Giocante) is a carefree 14-year-old with no home to go to and lots of time to curry favor with American sailors, some of whom dance… (more)

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