Cinema: The Perils of Puberty

The Adolescents is a three-part Franco-Italian film in which puberty proves as difficult for the moviemakers as it is for the girls involved in the film's pallid episodes. In Fiammetta, a Florentine figlia who lives with her widowed mother gazes dreamily at the family's carefully manicured estate, brooding about the disorder within herself. "The warmth in me is so soft that it hurts," she mutters, in a plotless sequence as muzzy as her mood. Marie-France and Veronica tells of two chic Parisiennes, not yet 17, sophisticated but full of curiosity about the homme-dingers hanging around them. While Marie-France reads Baudelaire, Veronica...

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