The Girl with a Bracelet
La Fille au bracelet
Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this French courtroom drama about a teenager caught in the spotlight of a murder case.
Dir-Scr Stéphane Demoustier
Prod Jean des Forêts
With Melissa Guers, Chiara Mastroianni, Anaïs Demoustier
With English subtitles
It begins as an ordinary family outing on the beach. Then things turn dark as 17-year-old Lise, from a wealthy middle-class family, comes under investigation following the death of her best friend. As her parents (Chiara Mastroianni, Roschdy Zem) deal with the trauma in different ways, Lise is required to account for a way of life that doesn’t always fit the morality approved of by the justice system. This third feature by writer-director Stéphane Demoustier is a razor-sharp judicial drama with echoes of Camus, Simenon and Henri-Georges Clouzot. A superb cast includes Anaïs Demoustier, on top form as an implacable prosecuting counsel. And as Lise, newcomer Melissa Guers offers a mesmerising performance as the young woman whose very self is the mystery under investigation.
This is a 18+ screening.
Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.