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The First Time I Turned Twenty

Directed by Lorraine Lévy

France | 98 minutes | 2004

French with English subtitles

In the 1960s, Hannah Goldman lives in Paris with her Jewish family and is experiencing a painful adolescence. Less attractive than her two sisters, she is often the butt of cruel jokes at school, but she takes solace in her love of music. She has a particular talent for playing the double bass and practices frequently in the hope that one day she may be admitted into the school jazz band. By winning a competition, she manages to fulfil this ambition, but the other members of the band — all boys — are far from enthusiastic about her entry into their tight little clique. Ignoring the sneers and bullying that is directed at her on a daily basis, Hannah perseveres and does everything she can to gain the admiration of her peers.
Foreign Title La première fois que j'ai eu 20 ans
Director Lorraine Lévy
Countries of Production France
Year of Presentation 2004
Language(s) French with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 98 minutes
Principal Cast Marilou Berry, Catherine Jacob, Serge Riaboukine
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