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Seeking to live down a family scandal, Catherine Royer enrolls in Valon, an exclusive boarding school. She becomes part of a school clique led by Anne-Marie and makes friends with Monica, thus arousing the jealousy of Martha, who previously enjoyed a close friendship with Monica. Catherine meets Dean, a young composer, at one of Anne-Marie's parties, and they fall in love. The couple's attempt to run off together is thwarted by Anne-Marie's stepfather, who intercepts Monica as she goes to the rendezvous. Believing that she has been forsaken by Dean, Catherine becomes despondent and falls into a critical illness. Monica, strongly attracted to Catherine and jealous of her relationship with Dean, intercepts the letters Dean sends Catherine in the hospital. Finally, on the eve of Dean's debut concert in which he will introduce a work dedicated to Catherine, Monica feels remorse and takes the letters to Catherine. Dean proposes marriage to Catherine, and Madame Ancelin, the school's understanding headmistress, explains to Monica that emotions which have raged at the dormitory find their explanation in the girls' transition from adolescence to womanhood.
Opened in Marseilles in March 1957 as Les collégiennes; running time: 88 min. Radley Metzger cut sequences from the original version, and added scenes involving sex and nudity, which feature Georgina Spelvin and which he filmed himself. Also known in the U. S. as Twilite Girls. The cast listing is derived in part from the original French version, and some cast members May not appear in the edited U. S. version. Footage also included in Dictionary of Sex, q. v.