BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans)
André Téchiné, 2016, France, 116 min
Famed director Andre Techine’s (WILD REEDS) latest coming-of-age masterpiece is an intimate portrayal of the 17 year old psyche. Thomas lives on the family farm and longs to be a veterinarian. His trek to school is a three-hour round trip adventure by bus and on foot through the visually inspiring mountainside. In comparison, Damien lives with his mother while his father is noticeably absent stationed overseas working as an Army pilot. The teens have several encounters at school which can be labeled as homophobic bullying. Their lives are thrown together when Damien’s mother is called to aid Thomas’ pregnant mother. Unaware of their past interactions, Damien’s father invites Thomas to live with them leading the teens’ past emotions to surface in wildly different displays of unbridled passion. (David Gonzalez) In French with English subtitles.
Preceded by: True Colours David Valent, 2015, Australia, 10 min