Highly Strung
Je te mangerais
France (FR), 2009, 96 minutes, SD
You Will Be Mine
Highly Strung Synopsis


Moving away from her family is a big step for young Marie. Shy, inexperienced in life and immature, she nonetheless embraces this exciting opportunity to fine-tune her piano skills at a prestigious music school. Marie gets more than she bargained for upon moving in with mysterious childhood friend Emma. Both women have changed vastly since their younger years, and what was once an intimate bond soon develops into something much more intense, and a power struggle ensues.


Emma fascinates, dominates and devastates Marie, who struggles between her desire for Emma and the urge to escape. With this draining obsession having an adverse effect on her piano recitals, Marie decides to put an end to Emma’s advances - but Emma won’t give her up without a fight...Highly Strung combines heady passions of unrequited adolescent love with sinister overtones of jealousy, lust and envy, to the tune of classical symphonies from Mozart, Ravel, Bach and Chopin.


"Single White Female meets The Page Turner" - Variety




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Reviewed by Sasha1988
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of lesbian desire but there's a lovely lyricism to it, brought to the fore by the piano school subplot. I felt sorry for for the... more
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of lesbian desire but there's a lovely lyricism to it, brought to the fore by the piano school subplot. I felt sorry for for the character of Emma, who gets dealt a pretty harsh deal by the girls she loves, played with convincing naivete by Judith Davis. An overlooked French film from a director I'd like to see more from.
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Reviewed by Lorlor87
Two girls bordering on womanhood are drawn together in a dance of desire, obsession, confusion and jealousy. Themes that we have seen a hundred times before are lent a fresh... more
Two girls bordering on womanhood are drawn together in a dance of desire, obsession, confusion and jealousy. Themes that we have seen a hundred times before are lent a fresh spin with the setting of Lyon, not a city of choice for French cinema, and the piano school where Marie lashes out her frustrations on the ivories (under the watchful eye of Edith Scob from 'Eyes Without A Face'). This is an interesting and sexy little film with excellent performance from its leads, especially the always beguiling Isild Le Besco.
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