Bad Company

At 14, Delphine has her first kiss, and the circumstances are dramatic enough to unleash a fierce obsession. The object—he's either a cynic or a sociopath, and the distinction may not matter—quiets his own angst and feelings of helplessness by exploiting her utter devotion, while her best friend demonstrates an eerily similar loyalty to Delphine. The events of this drama are traumatic, even criminal—had they not entered a suburban Paris police file, the filmmakers wouldn't have had their inspiration—but they're shown empathically to be a logical if extreme response to adolescent yearning. Jean-Pierre Ameris directed a screenplay by Alain Layrac; with Maud Forget, Lou Doillon, and Robinson Stevenin (1999). 98 min.

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