Peppermint Soda

Peppermint Soda (French: Diabolo menthe) is a 1977 French film directed by Diane Kurys. This autobiographical film was her directorial debut, and it won the Prix Louis-Delluc. The high school where the film takes place is the Lycée Jules-Ferry in Paris, France.

Peppermint Soda
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Diabolo menthe. Poster design by Floc'h.
Directed byDiane Kurys
Written byDiane Kurys
Alain Le Henry
Produced bySerge Laski
StarringEléonore Klarwein
Odile Michel
CinematographyPhilippe Rousselot
Edited byJoële Van Effenterre
Music byYves Simon
Distributed byAlexandre Films/Films de l'Alma/Franco London Films/Gaumont
Release date
  • 14 December 1977 (1977-12-14)
Running time
97 minutes
Box office$22,602,285[1]


In the year 1963, 13-year-old Anne and 15-year-old Frederique are two Jewish sisters whose parents are separated. They live in Paris with their mother and spend their summer holidays at the beach with their father, around whom they both feel awkward. They attend a strict school.

Anne, who is on the threshold of adolescence, is anti-social (or at least asocial) and not much of an achiever. She tries to find out what is going on around her by eavesdropping on her mother and her sister. Her school grades are poor and indeed substandard, and she has to deal with unfair teachers; on one occasion, she is caught plagiarising an essay her sister had written a year before. She also has her first period and is learning to talk to boys, and to sort things out with her mother after getting in trouble.

By contrast, Frederique is much more outgoing, and she is starting to become politically involved, especially in the Algerian question and banning the bomb. She has a crush on someone much older than herself, and is beginning to feel the first serious pangs of love. She also experiences her first friend who runs away, and her first loss of friendship over values.



  1. ^ "Diabolo menthe (1977) - JPBox-Office".

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