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CertificateNot Rated
Year1951
GenreDrama
DirectorJacqueline Audry
WritersColette Audry, Pierre Laroche
LanguageFrench
CountryFrance
Running Time1HR 28MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled / Rec Age: 12+
SeasonFrench Film Festival

Queer passions run deep in a French finishing school in Jacqueline Audry’s remarkable adaptation of Dorothy Bussy’s novel, newly restored in its original, uncut version.

Olivia (Marie-Claire Olivia), an English teenager, joins a nineteenth century French finishing school and falls in love with one of the teachers. Her same sex attraction provokes crises in other teachers and schoolgirls when it seems that Olivia’s love may be requited.

The film caused a sensation upon release for its landmark depiction of lesbian desire, and was cut in both the UK and the US. Now considered a key work of queer cinema, Audry’s film, co-written by her sister Colette, offers a sensitive yet unflinching portrait of adolescent sexual awakening and the confusions and traumas of youth.

“A compound of velvet innuendos—polite, discreet and finely wrought.” - The New York Times

Screening as part of the 29th French Film Festival UK.

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