For her feature filmmaking debut, French writer-director Eva Husson has created an exuberant concoction of themes that are equally timeless and eye opening. As much a feverish salutation to teenage spirit as it is a cautionary tale derived from a youth culture rife with Snapchat, digitised slut shaming and the very real combined dangers of underage pregnancy and STI’s, Bang Gang tells the story of George (newcomer Marilyn Lima), a pretty teenage girl who falls in love with Alex (Finnegan Oldfield). In order to catch his easily swayed attention, George initiates a game with their friends that requires pushing the boundaries of sexual interactions for optimum pleasure and mutual gratification.
EH: French audiences are hard to read and can be pretty stern. The Canadian audience was fantastic; they’re really open – I mean, they’re Canadian! I guess that they come to the room wanting to like the project, whereas French people come to the screening room a bit more skeptical and wanting to hate something. I’m more afraid of the French audiences than I am the other ones. They love to hate film; it’s like a national sport for them. I haven’t had people spitting in my face yet, which is always a good first step!
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