...A subtle, culturally incisive coming-of-age film...
The film can sometimes feel forced and literal, as when the talk around the working class family table is about people getting laid off, and when characters spew out lines like "beauty hides pain" and "it's appearance that protects us." ...High Society feels more genuine when it approaches the ethos of the Ozon film, which is a sort of mirroring of the girl's own moments of absolute disregard for expectations.
Working with the delicately expressive cinematography of Céline Bozon and a screenplay that she co-wrote with Sophie Hiet, Lopes-Curval has taken a familiar Bildungsroman structure and embroidered it with the behavior and dialogue of characters to whom she clearly has a personal connection. The embroidery makes the film new and exceptional.