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The charming and entertaining Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du Fun) is directed by Sophie Lorain and written by Catherine Léger.

Charlotte, 17 is fresh out of a breakup with her boyfriend. One short trip to ‘Toy Depot’ Mega store, full of good-looking boy workers convinces Charlotte she is ripped for some NSA fun. She and her two best girlfriends get hired…

Slut in a Good Way tackles the subject of adolescent girls’ desires vividly and in a straightforward fashion. The pace is good, it is clever in its introduction of its subject (curiously still a taboo) and it manages to never be preachy or heavy.

It primarily uses a comedic but realistic approach, completely leaving out the adult world by way of editing and lens choices. Cinematographer Alexis Durand-Brault shot it quite beautifully in glorious black and white, helping shape a world of their own for the kiddos. Plus the ins and outs of frames, in this era of countless shitty handheld camerawork, are a benediction. There’s some direction in this movie!

The young cast is good, headed by Marguerite Bouchard, Romane Denis and Rose Adam. A bit too ‘white suburb’ though. You see the efforts of including some different faces, but this is still kept quite on the periphery, or supporting roles.

Slut in a Good Way is at times, a bit too clean as everyone is basically good-natured, much of the dialogue could be cut even if it’s quite good. It’s obvious the director took this little bad habit from her TV days (where it’s usually very dialogue-driven).

Slut in a Good Way is rather remote from the Larry Clark takes on the subject. It makes you think of John Hughes 80’s movie or even the more recent Diary of a Teenage Girl (but more polite) and the amazing Norwegian gem, on the same subject of a girl’s desire: Turn Me on Dammit  (2011).

Charlotte a du Fun is honest, of its time, an enjoyable film.

 

Screenings:

TOHO Cinemas, Roppongi Hills, 4:20 PM, October 27th, 2018.

TOHO Cinemas, Roppongi Hills, 4:05 PM, November 3rd, 2018.

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