TL;DR – A frustrating mess of a film
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
One of the good things about watching films from around the world is that you get to experience a whole range of new stories. This is usually a boon, however, sometimes it all falls flat, and today, unfortunately, we look at the later.
So to set the scene, we open in on Cannes on the French seaside where Naïma (Mina Farid) has just turned 16. She is trying to find her place in the world and see her future. At the start of summer her cousin Sofia (Zahia Dehar) who just lost her mother comes to stay from Paris. It is a time for finding oneself under the French sun.
While I am going to be a bit harsh with this film, there are some things it does do well. It captures those moments of summer joy where the sun is out, and you get to revel in it. The actors all work really well in their roles, I am not sure how much they are given to work with, but they give it their best. It also does a good job of showing off the beauty of the French coastline. However, while there are these moments, they never overcome the film’s many issues.
One of the things that feel frustrating with An Easy Girl is how even though it is focused on the experiences of two women finding their place in the world. It is also consistently framed through a clear male gaze. All of the intimate scenes are there just to tantalise a not a whole lot more. It wasn’t shocking or provocative and honestly didn’t add anything to the film. Also, the clear through narrative is of Naïma finding what she wants to do in life which gets lost in the shuffle with there only being one real scene that sets up her ending.
This is also a film that looked like it wanted to say a lot of things but never got around to entirely making a stand. There are some clear moments when you can see that they want to talk about class, about how the rich interact with the servants that make their world possible. However, this all falls in the background, and the film cannot decide where it wants to land. Now this could have been an issue in things being lost in translation and the subtitles missing the context they needed, but I didn’t see it on my viewing.
In the end, do we recommend An Easy Girl? Unfortunately not. It is clear that the filmmakers really wanted to say something about this time in a girl’s life. However, it just never comes together as a film form a narrative perspective. If you want a film that is talking around the same space but has it come together a bit better, I would recommend MILF.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of An Easy Girl
Directed by – Rebecca Zlotowski
Written by – Rebecca Zlotowski & Teddy Lussi-Modeste
Cinematography by – Georges Lechaptois
Edited by – Géraldine Mangenot
Production/Distribution Companies – Wild Bunch, Les Films Velvet & Netflix
Starring – Mina Farid, Zahia Dehar, Benoît Magimel, Nuno Lopes, Clotilde Courau, Loubna Abidar, ‘Riley’ Lakdhar Dridi & Henri-Noël Tabary
Rating – Australia: MA