On the first day of school, Delphine, a small, shy, and naive fifteen-year-old from a good French provincial family, meets Olivia: tall, flamboyant, and experienced. Olivia runs with a different crowd, and through her and her new boyfriend, Alain, Delphine meets Laurent. A first dance leads to a first kiss and then to first love.
Conventional as an initiation film up to this point, <i>Bad Company</i. departs far from the ordinary as the action progresses. Crazy for her new love, Delphine embarks on a double life, while Laurent, a self-centered manipulator, hatches a diabolical plot of escape from the confines of their small town. In the maelstrom of events which engulfs the two young couples, along with Delphine’s undeclared admirer, Justin, friendship, trust, and love are put to a hellish test.
Sensitive handling of difficult subject matter by director Jean-Pierre Ameris makes <i>Bad Company</i> a superb exploration of the dynamics of adolescent life with its hormonal, psychological, and social pressures and of the forces which push it toward the absolute and the extreme. The characters of Delphine and Olivia, powerfully played by Maud Forget and Lou Doillon, are developed with exquisite nuance as the film probes the question of just how much one can or should sacrifice for love or friendship.
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