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Forever Young(Les Amandiers)

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France, Italy · 2022
2h 6m
Director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Starring Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Sofiane Bennacer, Louis Garrel, Micha Lescot
Genre Comedy, Drama, History

At the end of the eighties, Stella, Victor, Adèle and Etienne are 20. They pass the entrance exam to Les Amandiers, the drama school founded by Patrice Chéreau.

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IndieWire by Ben Croll

An autobiographical portrait that somehow leaves you knowing less about the subject at hand, and a study of actors, warts and all, that offers little insight into the artistic process.


The Playlist by Elena Lazic

It is this direct line to the characters that keeps the film relatively interesting, even as it does become rather exhausting to watch these very kooky and carefree young people gallivanting about.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

[Bruni Tedeschi] fails to make much of a case for why any of it should resonate with anyone outside this tiny, hermetically enclosed community. ... [An] indulgent, histrionic personal history.


TheWrap by Nicholas Barber

It’s always watchable, and it has a distinctively grainy, intimate look, but the vague, generic characters and incidents are the kind of thing you might scribble on the back of an envelope without having done any research at all.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Epically tiresome. ... What is exasperating about the film is its reluctance to dramatise the teaching: to show the young people themselves simply getting better at acting.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

The film’s slight scattershot structure actually works in its favour, keeping the pace at a full-tilt sprint, the energy sparking and the story moving whenever there’s a risk of it tipping into the realms of the overwrought.

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