Lou! Journal Infime

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Quirky French subtitled film about growing up has profanity.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 104 minutes

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age 18+
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Positive Messages

Friendship; individuality; sticking up for yourself; mother-daughter relationships; moving on; accepting friends in spite of their limitations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mom is a stable, loving, if long-suffering and self-sacrificing presence; daughter Lou is a kind, creative, thoughtful 12-year-old girl. Friend Mina forgives her for being insufferably self-absorbed; Grandma is stern and judgmental but learns to accept her daughter's life.


Doll in a stop-motion film shoots a fake gun at another doll's head; fake blood splatters. Girl asks another if she wants a punch in the face; girl hits head on wooden beam, passes out.


Teens kissing; man and woman kiss on couch; brief sequences of a cartoon featuring a hypersexual female character who shoots light out of cleavage; brief flash of a bra strap when woman is changing; a woman crawling around is embarrassed when her skirt is up too high; a woman checks out a man's butt; trail of clothes lead to the mom and neighbor in bed, covered up, after implied intercourse.


"F--k"; "shut the f--k up"; "f--kin' slackers"; "s--t" (frequent); "damned"; "don't get your panties in a twist"; "piss"; "ass-kisser."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief, casual background smoking; woman at party is clearly tipsy, offers beer to minor, who declines; people smoke a hookah, pipes at party; women drink wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lou! Journal Infime is a quirky, stylized, heartfelt French movie with subtitles based on a French comic about the relationship between a creative 12-year-old girl, her single mom, their life in Paris, and the boy crushes they each nurse individually. It has some casual profanity, including "f--k" and its variations and "s--t" in a few instances, sexual suggestiveness (implied sex between adult characters) and teen kissing, and a brief scene where the mom is tipsy and offers beer to a minor (he refuses). Overall it has strongly positive and sweet messages about navigating friendship, girlhood, and crushes. Perfect for fans of Amelie or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

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Adult Written byCarolyn L. January 23, 2018

adult movie

This starts out as a cute movie. However, it has way too much language and adult content and should not be considered a kids movie!! A lot of profanity from all... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Lou (Lola Lasseron) is a sweet, creative, quirky 12-year-old girl nursing her first serious crush on Tristan, whom she carefully (and secretly) photographically documents with scientific zeal from her rooftop balcony across the street. Mom (Ludivine Sagnier) is a reclusive single writer who hasn't quite gotten around to writing. Lou is worried about her mother, until she develops a crush of her own on the new neighbor and they suddenly find themselves dealing with very similar love lives.

Is it any good?

This is a highly stylized movie that leaves no quirky stone unturned. Sets are drenched in bold colors and filled with flea market bric-a-brac: vintage computers, clocks, cameras, mannequins. But the issues at the film's core are decidedly both modern and universal: first crushes, falling back into love, making and keeping friends, and navigating a city.

Casual profanity and some very European tween maturity make this better for older kids familiar with the worlds of Amelie or the like, but this will be a hit with creative teen journaling types who've just hit full boy-crazy mode. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about subtitled films. Do you like them? Why, or why not?

  • Do you think French living is as glamorous and sophisticated as movies make it out to be? Why, or why not? 

  • Is the relationship between Lou and her mom realistic? Why, or why not?

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