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Genesis(Genèse)

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Canada

2019

2h 9m

Director Philippe Lesage

Starring Noée Abita, Théodore Pellerin, Édouard Tremblay-Grenier, Pier-Luc Funk

Genre Drama, Romance

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A story of teenagers coming to terms with their own sexuality, each at different ages, but experiencing the same troubles that come with young love. While the people around them are content to conform, they stand up for their right to love freely.

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90

Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

Often very funny, especially in classroom scenes filled with unconventional teachers and unruly pupils, the film also shows real feeling for the tangled workings of the human heart and the way individuals are at their loneliest in a crowd of people.
80

The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

The film may be maddening as a character study, and it could damage an ionizer with its air of self-importance, but its experiments in form and tone are highly original.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

Even though the movie barely provides any backstory or other details, the characters’ emotions are always immediately accessible in this vivid depiction of the all-consuming nature of nascent amour, as well as the pain, heartbreak and confusion that come with trying to channel all these pure emotions into something as structured as your daily life.
90

Variety by Guy Lodge

Lesage’s filmmaking, with its unhurried editing and eerily echoing music cues, is in expert sympathy with his hovering, out-of-time protagonists.
80

Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Genèse concludes as a sober reminder that the young always feel intensely, but that the years between the crush that shines and the ardor that confounds are short ones, indeed.
83

The Film Stage by Zhuo-Ning Su

Both Pellerin and Abita are tremendous, each fiercely charismatic in a way that doesn’t compromise the vulnerability of their characters.