DONDERDAG 16 AUGUSTUS | 21:30 | €8,-

Regisseur Diane Curys

Cast Eléonore Klarwein, Odile Michel, Anouk Ferjac

Lengte 101 minuten

Jaar 1977

Taal Frans

Ondertiteling Engels

Tienerzusjes Anne en Frédérique verschillen van elkaar als dag en nacht: terwijl introverte Anne druk probeert de wereld om haar heen en zichzelf te begrijpen terwijl ze op de rand van adolescentie staat, staat de uitgesproken politiek activistische Frédérique stevig in haar schoenen en begint ze bovendien haar eerste liefdesrelatie. In coming of age-verhaal Peppermint Soda worden de zusjes gevolgd en wordt zo een prachtig beeld geschetst van opgroeien en volwassen worden in het Frankrijk van de jaren 1960. 

De film, die vertoond wordt in het kader van ons Erfenissen ’68-programma wordt ondertiteld in het Engels, en wordt in het Engels ingeleid door Amerikaanse culturele activist Jeffrey Babcock. Babcock is bekend van de duizenden filmvertoningen die hij in Amsterdam heeft georganiseerd – vertoningen van onbekende films op onbekende plekken, om zo tegenwicht te bieden aan de commercialisering van de stad en de filmindustrie.

Jeffrey Babcock on the film:

The French have always scored much better than their American counterparts in allowing women to direct films. Agnès Varda, Claire Denis, Catherine Breillat, Marguerite Duras  and Diane Kurys are a few examples. But what is even more striking, is that the few times Hollywood has allowed women to helm a movie it has only been in cases when women pretty much copy what a man would have done. Already since the 70s in France there has been a different sensibility, a different freedom.

This autobiographical story was the debut movie of French director Diane Kurys and it captures all of the feelings, emotions and dreams of 1963. It centers on two teenage sisters Anne and Frédérique. One is introverted and trying to grasp her changing sexuality, and the other one is more politically aware; the Algerian war and ‘ban the bomb’ movements are in the air during her first love affair. Both sisters are attending the strict Lycée Jules-Ferry in Paris, where they feel trapped in different ways. Everyone’s sexuality is embedded with the environment it is born in. Today sexuality is inextricably entwined with computers, in one way of another. Back in the 1960s sexuality was fused with poetry and rebellion. We see those first sparks in the intimate lives of these two sisters.

This film is set in pre-68 France, and documents the rising wind of rebellion among the new generation. Diane Kurys’ next film after this one would be a sort of sequel, leading directly into May ’68 – it’s called Molotov Cocktail.

About Jeffrey Babcock:

Jeffrey Babcock is a post-American cultural activist who has given lectures, written books and helped create alternative cinema spaces throughout Amsterdam for the last decade. He has now given introductions to over 2000 movie screenings, in which he sets the films in a biographical, historical, aesthetic or philosophical context. His most recent book is Cinebulletins (2018) which covers the events of May ’68 in France, along with the movies that poured out of that monumental event. In his books and lectures he argues that cinema should not be a passive activity that lulls the spectator into escapism, but rather it should be an experience that helps us engage in the world around us.
Jeffrey will give a short introduction to Diane Kurys’ autobiographical movie Peppermint Soda (1977) which is set in 1963, and its relevance to the explosion of May ’68 a few years later.