Wednesday, September 26, 2012
“17 Girls” tells the true story of a pregnancy cluster in a single high school class in Lorient, a seaside fishing and manufacturing town in Bretagne. In the early establishing scenes, directors Delphine and Muriel Coulin set a tone of quiet naturalism, of unpeopled seascapes and landscapes and girls’ bedrooms that look like girls’ bedrooms, not Hollywood set design.... The first half of the movie shares some of the otherworldly enigma and vibe of “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” But the filmmakers turn out to have little to say once the girls have actually gotten themselves knocked up and dig in against the rest of the world. The most interesting element relates to their knowledge of their legal rights – what their parents, teachers, and administrators can and cannot make them do.