Peppermint Soda (1977)
Peppermint Soda (1977) is a French coming-of-age drama directed by Diane Kurys. The film follows two teenage sisters, Anne and Frederique, as they navigate the complexities of growing up in the late 1960s. While the film is primarily focused on the sisters’ relationship with each other, it also touches on the subject of sexuality.
The film opens with a scene of Anne and Frederique in a swimming pool. As they swim, they discuss their first sexual experiences. Anne is embarrassed to admit that she has never been kissed, while Frederique is more open about her own experiences. This scene sets the tone for the rest of the film, which is filled with moments of sexual exploration.
Throughout the film, Anne and Frederique experiment with their sexuality. They flirt with boys, explore their own bodies, and even share a kiss. These moments are portrayed in a natural and realistic way, without any judgement or shame.
The film also touches on the subject of teenage pregnancy. Anne’s friend, Isabelle, becomes pregnant and is forced to leave school. This serves as a reminder of the consequences of teenage sexual activity, and the importance of taking precautions.
Overall, Peppermint Soda (1977) is a thoughtful and honest exploration of teenage sexuality. The film is a refreshingly frank look at the complexities of growing up, and the importance of being open and honest about one’s own sexuality.
A teenage girl is asked by a teacher if she has started her period.
A man is seen fooling around with a woman. He fondles her breasts, which remain covered, for just a second or two..
Two teenage girls share a bath. One of the girls briefly has her breasts exposed.
Teenage girls discuss sex. One mentions "hard ons" and asks if the girl has "made love". One girl says she "slept with" a boy, but describes only undressing and lying beside him while he read.
A middle-age man and a mid-teen girl kiss once. In a separate scene, a middle-age man is seen leering at a young teen girl changing clothes. We only see her bare back and bra strap briefly.