DVD: Love Like Poison (15)

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"I'm always having weird thoughts," 14-year-old Anna informs her priest.

This evocative film follows the sexual awakening and religious confusion of lonely Anna (Clara Augarde, captivating) in a sleepy Breton town. The inquisitive child arrives home from her Catholic boarding school to discover that her father has upped sticks and moved in with a younger woman. Her mother is bereft; Anna spends time playing Connect 4 with her dirty old goat of a grandpa (Michel Galabru). Little happens in the first half of the film, but gradually you become hooked by this rebellious coming-of-age tale. A memorably discomfiting slice of Gallic growing pains.