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Being 17(Quand on a 17 Ans)

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France · 2016
1h 56m
Director André Téchiné
Starring Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Mama Prassinos
Genre Drama

Observant, sensitive, and confused 17-year-old Damien lives alone with his mother, Marianne. At school, he is constantly picked on by his classmate Thomas, but when Thomas’ mother becomes ill and Marianne invites him to stay, the two boys must come to terms with each other.

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Being 17's great strength is the two utterly engrossing performances given by its leads and their exhilarating chemistry is conveyed with equal sensitivity during their tussles, as it is in every small glance and gesture.


TheWrap by Dave White

Téchiné intuitively favors movement over chatter, and he directs his young actors toward intimate, yearning performances.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The film’s hyper-naturalism is its raison d’etre, and Being 17 is at its best when it leans into that approach.


Slant Magazine by Diego Semerene

André Téchiné does justice to the closeness between repulsion and desire, difference and sameness, heterosexuality and homosexuality.

88 by Glenn Kenny

This isn’t a film that makes a big deal of its contemporary authenticity; it wears its carefully measured elements lightly, the better to shine a light on its intriguing characters.


Screen International by Jonathan Romney

Co-scripted by Céline Sciamma, director of Water Lilies and Girlhood, Being 17 manifestly benefits from her insight into the problems of young people searching for their social and sexual identities; this, combined with Téchiné’s controlled vision and superb direction of actors, makes the new film a quietly potent proposition.


Variety by Peter Debruge

This vibrant portrait feels like something of a revelation, which is remarkable, really, considering how many more films have tackled coming-of-age than the relatively niche experience of coming out.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

The movie is not really about deciding whether you’re gay or straight — those terms are never spoken. It’s about the chemistry of two people at a moment in time.

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