DirectorJeanne Moreau Music directorPhilippe Sarde LanguageFrench
WriterJeanne Moreau, Henriette Jelinek Release date24 January 1979 ScreenplayJeanne Moreau, Henriette Jelinek CastSimone Signoret (Mamie), Francis Huster (Alexandre), Laetitia Chauveau (Marie), Edith Clever (Eva, la mère), Jacques Weber (Jean), Jean-François Balmer (André, le menuisier) Similar moviesNorth Sea Texas, Blue Is the Warmest Color, C.R.A.Z.Y., My Life in Pink, Summer of '42, Maurice
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. 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.
Simone Signoret - the grandmother
Jacques Weber - Jean, her son & father of Marie
Edith Clever - Eva, his wife & mother of Marie
Laetitia Chauveau - Marie
Francis Huster – Alexandre, the locum doctor
Jean-François Balmer - André, the carpenter
Roger Blin – Romain, the blacksmith
Juliette Brac – Mélanie, the blacksmith's wife
Hugues Quester – Fred, the blacksmith's son
Frank Muth - François, 'the innocent'
Maurice Baquet - Jules, the roadman
Nadine Basile - Rose, the wife of Jules
Françoise Bette – Violette, the grandmother's servant
Michel Blanc - Monsieur Bertin
Bérangère Bonvoisin – Thérèse, the mayor's daughter