The Adolescent (film)

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The Adolescent
Directed by Jeanne Moreau
Produced by Tarak Ben Ammar
Philippe Dussart
Written by Jeanne Moreau
Henriette Jelinek
Starring Simone Signoret
Francis Huster
Laetitia Chauveau
Edith Clever
Jacques Weber
Hugues Quester
Music by Philippe Sarde
Cinematography Pierre Gautard
Edited by Colette Leloup
Distributed by Parafrance (France)
Release date
24 January 1979
Running time
90 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Adolescent (French: L'Adolescente) is a French drama film directed by Jeanne Moreau in 1978, released January 1979. It was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] [2] Set deep in the French countryside just before the start of World War II, it shows the often idyllic life of a remote village in the mountainous Auvergne where a family from Paris have come to spend a holiday with relations, an occasion which marks a coming-of-age for their daughter Marie, the adolescent of the title.


In the summer of 1939, Jean takes his family for a stay with his widowed mother. He works as a butcher in Paris and with him is his Dutch wife Eva and their only child Marie, who is 12. Marie falls in love with the locum doctor Alexandre, a Jewish bachelor aged 30. He enjoys her lively and intelligent company until late one night she comes to the house where he lives alone and offers herself, upon which he has to reject her. Shortly after this she undergoes her first period and is taught by her grandmother to be more careful with men. Her place in Alexandre's life is taken by her mother, who begins a full-blown affair while Jean is away helping to bring in the harvest. The grandmother teaches Marie that this is something which can happen, but one must not talk about it and must seek to reconcile the married couple. When Jean comes back, Alexandre keeps away until at the village festival he asks Eva for a dance, upon which Jean punches him and a brawl develops. Everything ends with the outbreak of war.



  1. ^ " Awards for The Adolescent". Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  2. ^ "L'Adolescente". Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

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