Sixteen-year-old Hannah, the youngest daughter in a Jewish family, is admittedly a bit taciturn and scatter-brained. She is also a bit overweight. Even though she receives lots of love and affection from her parents and her two pretty sisters, she feels a bit estranged from them, at least in terms of her appearance. She also desires to create her own world. One day, she receives the chance-of-a-lifetime to do just that – by none other than joining a jazz band as a bassist. Hannah manages to beat out the competition to enter this jazz world traditionally reserved for men; however, the other members of the band, who are not used to women invading this traditional men’s enclave, plot to get rid of her.
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Lorraine LévyLorraine Lévy
Lorraine Lévy is a dramatist, stage designer, screenwriter and film director. She initially began studying literature, but then switched to law at Sceaux university and gained experience in the legal environment. She then worked as a publisher’s editor and collaborated on various projects writing scripts and dialogues. In 1987, she established a theatre company for which she wrote the successful play Finie la comédie which enjoyed many repeat performances. From 1999, she headed a writing course for three years at the European Conservatoire for Audiovisual Works and also created eight episodes and scripts for TV. The First Time I Was Twenty is her feature debut as a writer-director.