Cinema St. Louis’ Classic French Film Festival Continues This Weekend with L’Argent and More at Washington University

Cinema St. Louis presents the 11th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival which takes place March 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24, 2019. The location this year is Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium, Forsyth & Skinker boulevards.

The 11th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — presented by TV5MONDE and produced by Cinema St. Louis — celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the 1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema. The fest annually includes significant restorations, and this year features seven such works: Pierre Schoendoerffer “The 317th Platoon,” Marcel Pagnol’s “The Baker’s Wife,” Olivier Assayas’ “Cold Water,” Jacques Becker’s “The Hole,” Jacques Rivette’s “The Nun,” Agnés Varda’s “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t,” and Diane Kurys’ “Peppermint Soda.” The schedule is rounded out by Robert Bresson’s final film, “L’argent,” and two 1969 films celebrating
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Diane Kurys’ Directing Debut ‘Peppermint Soda’ Hits Blu-ray And DVD In February

Peppermint Soda, the directorial debut of award winning filmmaker Diane Kurys (Entre Nous), hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 12 via Cohen Film Collection. The feature received a 2K restoration last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release.

The narrative centers on Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and Frederique (Odile Michel), teenage sisters whose lives [...]

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Diane Kurys’ ‘Peppermint Soda’ Is A Vital Look At Surviving Adolescence [Review]

“To my sister, who still hasn’t given back my orange pullover” reads Diane Kurys’ cheeky dedication in the opening to her newly restored feature debut, “Peppermint Soda.” Set over the course of a single school year, bookended by summer vacations, the breezy snapshot-style narrative tracks the lives of thirteen-year-old Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and fifteen-year-old Frédérique (Odile Michel) as they encounter the clumsiness and cruelties of coming-of-age.

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Revisiting a Female Adolescence with Diane Kurys and "Peppermint Soda"

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Peppermint Soda, French writer-director Diane Kurys’s 1977 breakout film, is a pure delight. Drawn from the artist’s own life, the story follows thirteen-year-old Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and her fifteen-year-old sister Frederique (Odile Michel), through the trials and tribulations of adolescence, including (but not limited to) first periods, bad grades, boy problems, and the potential scandal of wearing stockings. With its 1963 setting and cheerful color palette, Peppermint Soda avoids sentimentality and feels something like breezily paging through an old photo album. With all the recent conversation around women’s stories in cinema, the time is right to take a closer look at Kurys’s achievement of feminine autobiography, and viewers in New York will get a chance to do just that when a new restoration opens at Quad Cinema this week. I spoke with Kurys about her lovingly rendered depiction of the past. Notebook: What was it was like revisiting your debut many years later?
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‘Peppermint Soda’ Trailer: Diane Kurys’ Bubbly Autobiographical Coming-of-Age Tale Gets a 40th Anniversary Restoration

Paris, 1963. Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) has just turned 13, while her cool older sister Frédérique (Odile Michel) already has a rep at age 15. Forty years after French filmmaker Diane Kurys’ semi-autobiographical debut (she’s the Anne of this story), “Peppermint Soda” is as refreshing and bubbly as any other coming-of-age film, a feature that was both ahead of its time and true to the life Kurys led as an impressionable teen. Turns out, growing up has always been awkward and weir and fun, and the enduring power of “Peppermint Soda” speaks to exactly that.

Kurys went on to direct a slew of signature features, including “Entre Nous” and “Love After Love,” but “Peppermint Soda” captures the filmmaker at her most effervescent. The film screened at both Tiff and Nyff, and went on to win Best Foreign Language Film from the National Board of Review.

On the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, the
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