17 Girls (17 Filles) (NR)

Drama 90 September 21, 2012
By Thembi Ford
17 Girls (17 Filles), set in the depressed French seaside town of Lorient, makes a big deal about having been inspired by a true story that took place in the depressed seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 2008: Eighteen high school girls all turned up pregnant at the same time in a supposed "pregnancy pact." One of the girls appeared on Good Morning America, and the story not surprisingly served as fodder for a Law & Order: SVU episode and a Lifetime movie. So what does 17 Girls, the debut feature film from sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin, add to the canon? A lot of style, but not much substance. Camille (Louise Grinberg), the ringleader of her friendship group, accidentally gets pregnant and suggests that her friends join in the fun. She reasons that there will now be someone who will love each of them forever, that the girls can all live and raise the babies together, that at least they will have done something with their lives, and because . . . you know . . . friendship. At times reminiscent of Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, 17 Girls relies on pubescent bodies and pouty pink lips to titillate. It never achieves the subtlety or consistency of Coppola's work, but it does have its impressive moments and imagery.
Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran, Esther Garrel, Solène Rigot Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin Denis Freyd Strand Releasing


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