discover the underside of the cult film with Sophie Marceau in an exciting documentary

discover the underside of the cult film with Sophie Marceau in an exciting documentary

December 17, 1980 comes out The party, by Claude Pinoteau. With its 4.3 million admissions in France and its 15 million tickets sold in Europe, this teen movie is a real national and international hit. It’s simple, in France, the film is stronger than another pop culture behemoth, screened in theaters at the same time, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, currently available on Disney+, which has attracted 4 million viewers. Broadcast this Friday, January 20, 2023 on France 5 at 9 p.m., the documentary The Eternal Boom looks back on this atypical success. For the occasion, the directors have brought together many guests. Among them, the artist Juliette Armanet or Suzanne Lindon, daughter of Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon. The latter was born in 2000. But like Vic, she wandered the halls of the Lycée Henri IV. “When I passed my baccalaureate and climbed the grand marble staircase, the only thing I was thinking about apart from my philosophy sheets was at La Boum!”, she remembers.

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The party : a simple story

However, at the time of its release, the film is far from arousing the enthusiasm of the press. “Entertaining silliness, healthy natalist morality, rather unpleasant…”, taunts at the time the criticism of the New Observer, as the documentary recalls. But the public is all the same quickly won over by the candor that emerges from the work. The party paints the portrait of a teenager and tackles the themes of a pivotal period, that of the first times, of the stormy relationship between parents and children. A light and universal story, in short.

The party : various inspirations

Central guest of the program, the screenwriter of the film Danièle Thompson delivers an almost autobiographical story. In 1979, the idea germinated in her mind as she attended her 13-year-old daughter’s first party. From there, she puts on paper the first lines of the script of the feature film which will reveal the chubby features of the young Sophie Marceau. The screenwriter is also surfing on the wave of teen movies years 1950-1960, with in particular Elvis Presley, but also of the television series Happy Days. Moreover, initially, the future director of The log plans to make The party a soap opera !

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The party : an intergenerational work

Forty years after its releaseThe party remains a cultural and identity phenomenon. “I would like a boy to come to me like for Vic”, shyly testifies a 13-year-old girl interviewed in the documentary. If today the booms strictly speaking are outdated, the problems of adolescence, they remain. The invitation to the first party, the outfit to choose, the first kiss… Vic should embody a universal and timeless youth for a long time to come.

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