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Peppermint Soda (1977)

Diabolo menthe (original title)
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In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School ... See full summary »

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Diane Kurys
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eléonore Klarwein Eléonore Klarwein ... Anne Weber
Odile Michel Odile Michel ... Frédérique Weber
Anouk Ferjac ... Mme Weber
Michel Puterflam Michel Puterflam ... M. Weber
Yves Rénier ... Philippe
Robert Rimbaud Robert Rimbaud ... M. Cazeau
Marie-Véronique Maurin Marie-Véronique Maurin ... Muriel (as Marie Véronique Maurin)
Corinne Dacla Corinne Dacla ... Pascale
Coralie Clément Coralie Clément ... Perrine
Valérie Stano Valérie Stano ... Martine
Jacqueline Boyer ... Mlle Petitbon
Anne Guillard Anne Guillard ... Sylvie
Véronique Vernon Véronique Vernon ... Evelyne
Dora Doll ... Mme Clou - Le professeur de gymnastique
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin ... Le professeur de Français
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Storyline

In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School starts. For Frédérique it's the year of her first serious love, her first foray into politics (the Algerian question and "ban the bomb"), her first kiss from an older man, her first friend who runs away, and her first loss of friendship over values. For Anne, who watches her sister closely, it's a year of her first period and of learning to talk to boys, dealing with unfair teachers, and sorting things out with mom after getting in trouble. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 December 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Peppermint Soda See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original French title, "Diabolo menthe," translates as "Devil Mint." The English-language title, "Peppermint Soda," refers to a carbonated beverage, a "non-potent potable," made using peppermint; this is a favorite beverage of the two sisters who are the film's central characters. See more »

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References Il Sorpasso (1962) See more »

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Summer Holiday
Written by Bruce Welch & Brian Bennett
Performed by Cliff Richard & The Shadows
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Slow-Moving but Well-Remembered Realistic Slice of Life
19 February 2001 | by tdeanSee all my reviews

The director's Entre Nous is one of my favorite movies. I had never seen Peppermint Soda, which I understood was equally autobiographical, so rented it. It's quite different in style from Entre Nous - covers far less time, and the "events" in the two sisters' lives are all quite "micro".

Yet it's also true that I cannot think of anything that portrays adolescence as it really was (for boys as well as girls) as well as this movie. Kurys has a truly remarkable feel for the extent to which music on the radio was a back-drop, or the way that a long-running dispute with a parent over clothing (in this case, nylons) can punctuate daily life, or the way friendships in school change over time. It's really a brilliant movie - not the most entertaining, but in its way, profound and well worth seeing. You will find yourself liking it more and more and more as the movie develops.


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