QUAND ON A 17 ANS
FRANCE • DRAMA • 114 MINS • 2015 • MA 15+
Directed by: ANDRÉ TÉCHINÉ
Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet-Klein, Alexis Loret, Corentin Fila
Life as a 17-year-old boy can be difficult, confusing and rife with complicated emotions and desires, a fact made all the more apparent by the utterly exceptional performances given by both leads in the enthralling, multi-award-winning Being 17.
When chemistry begins to sprout between Thomas (Corentin Fila) and Damien (Kacey Mottet-Klein), neither know exactly how to deal with it. Both are faced with the challenge of making decisions about life after school, and these new feelings put pressure on an already tumultuous period in their lives, causing violent reactions in both boys. Upon hearing about a schoolyard fist fight between the boys, Damien’s mother Marianne (Sandrine Kiberlain, The Sweet Escape, AF FFF16) visits Thomas’ family farm. Shocked to discover he makes a two-hour round-trip to school everyday in the freezing Pyrenees snow, she is moved by his situation, and invites him to live with them in town, thus forcing the boys to confront their true feelings.
Completely captivating from start to finish, André Téchiné (French Riviera, AF FFF15) successfully delivers this contemporary, youthful and vibrant portrait of a burgeoning gay romance that is both relevant and a revelation.
French with English subtitles