Cinema: Small Events

PEPPERMINT SODA

Directed and Written by Diane Kurys

What if Little Nell doesn't die? What if nothing much happens to her? Nell had better be unusually charming, that's what. The feeling here is that Peppermint Soda, a film about an uneventful year in the life of two young Parisian sisters, wavers back and forth across an awkward boundary: sometimes it is just barely charming enough, and sometimes it almost charms, but not quite.

The artistic risk taken by French Director Diane Kurys in this her first film is large. She wants to break free of...

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