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Peppermint Soda

  • Directed by Diane Kurys
  • France, 1977, 101 mins., French

French actress Diane Kurys embarked on a directorial career with 1977’s unsung masterpiece Peppermint Soda, a film about the transition from childhood to a young woman’s teenage years, culled from Kurys’ own experiences as a young woman in the early 1960s. Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) has a relatively comfortable existence in a moderately bourgeois household, helped along by her outgoing older sister Frédérique (Odile Michel) with whom Anne has an ostensibly normal relationship but who becomes increasingly politicized. Concerned with the small but crucial moments that make up a life, Kurys ingeniously structures the film as a series of representative scenes, forming a kind of tableaux of growing up as a young woman in Paris. “Feels timeless and relatable while also specific to its era.”—Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, The Village Voice.

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Other Films by Diane Kurys

For a Woman

Inspired by her own family history, Kurys’s (Sagan, Peppermint Soda) handsome drama moves between post-World War II France and the 1980s, where novelist Anne (Sylvie Testud) goes on a quest to understand the past. Equipped with recently discovered letters and photos, she begins to shed light on the tangled relationship between her parents and a