It’s 1961 and attractive, bright 16-year-old schoolgirl, Jenny is poised on the brink of womanhood. Stifled by the tedium of adolescent routine, Jenny can’t wait for adult life to begin. One rainy day, her suburban life is upended by the arrival of an unsuitable suitor, 30-ish David. Very quickly, David introduces Jenny to a glittering new world of classical concerts and late-night suppers. Using an ingenious mixture of flattery and fibbery, David persuades Jenny’s parents to allow him to take their only daughter to Paris for her 17th birthday. Her parents don’t know that Jenny has chosen the date and place to lose her virginity. Paris is all that Jenny imagined it would be, sex with David somewhat less so. Upon her return, Jenny’s school friends are thrilled with her newfound sophistication but her headmistress is scandalized and her English teacher Miss Stubbs is deeply disappointed that her prize pupil seems determined to throw away her evident gifts and certain chance of higher education. Will David be the making of Jenny or her undoing?


Lone Scherfig