Olivia (1951)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Olivia was directed by Jacqueline Audry, who burst onto the worldwide cinema scene with 1949's Gigi. The title character, played by Claire Olivia, is a naïve new student in a fashionable finishing school. Denied affection in her own home, Olivia latches onto her headmistress Julie (Edwige Feuillere). The relationship between the older and younger woman is observed with white-hot jealousy by Cara (Simone Simon), Julie's business partner and would-be lover. Nothing good can come of this, and nothing does. Though the material lends itself to sensationalism, director Audry handles Olivia with discretion and taste.

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finishing-school, forbidden-love, jealousy, partner, student