Bang Gang, film review: ‘No need to be shocked by French film about teen sex’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 June 2016

A scene from Bang Gang

A scene from Bang Gang

null

Bang Gang is a The Kids Are All Wrong piece that passes pleasantly but aimlessly by, making points that have all been made before, and is thus rather reassuring.

The bang gangers are privileged, alienated, promiscuous, druggy and out of control, but they don’t seem to be any more depraved than the privileged, alienated, druggy, promiscuous and out of control kids we have been seeing in these kinds of films for the last twenty years.

And that’s got to be a positive – since Larry Clark’s Kid, teen degeneracy has basically plateaued.

In Bang Gang there are all the usual figure from teen scare movies.

The kid whose parents have left him all alone at home; the firm friends who fall out over a boy; the high school beauty who spirals downwards; the sensitive boy with curly hair who likes music. It all takes place in French suburbia where parents are largely absent over a long hot summer.

The film is full of nudity and sex scenes but it is rather coy and childlike.

Husson shoots everything with a dreamy sheen so it slides pass like you the window view of a pleasant train journey.

She isn’t afraid of the obvious, such as using a black cloud as a sign of dark time coming.

The obviousness and simplicity of the imagery mirror her characters’ outlook.

There is a backdrop of news reports of trains being derailed but actually the film’s conclusions are basically optimistic – that the kids will grow out of it.

There’s no need to be shocked.

Rating: 2/5 stars

In French with English subtitles.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

17:30

Darting royalty Dennis Priestley, Martin Adams and Bobby George have stepped up to the oche in the fight against prostate cancer, attending an exclusive event at a pub that has signed up as a Men United Arms venue in London.

16:00

Promising talents to take part in event in New Zealand next month

15:00

Young defender has been on loan with Blades in the Championship this season

12:51

Plans to restore a Grade II*-listed building which saw 600 objections from the community have been given the go ahead by Haringey Council planning chiefs.

Emma Bartholomew stays at Cove Cottages in St Agnes with her family, where they take surf lessons en masse in the bay right below

15:26

South Hampstead Junior School pupils have marked 60 years since the school moved into its own separate site at 12 Netherhall Gardens in 1957.

07:47

Mark McCall admitted Saracens were shocked by their 46-14 collapse to Clermont in a record Champions Cup defeat for the holders.

12:19

Cold, isn’t it? The days have got shorter, summer feels a long way away, the sofa seems comfier - and the last thing you want to do is go outside and do more DIY (unless you absolutely have to).

Most read Hampstead & Highgate etcetera

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now