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Being 17 (2016)Being 17 (2016)

Being 17 (2016)

A calm countryside romance from André Téchiné

Drama

7.6

movie

France

French, Spanish

2016

André Téchiné

Alexis Loret, Corentin Fila, Jean Fornerod

116 min

Synopsis

Set in the beautiful high Pyrenees in south-west France, Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father, a pilot, is on a tour of duty abroad with the French military. At school, Damien is bullied by Thomas, who lives in the farming community up in the mountains. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them while his mother is ill in hospital. Damien must learn to live with the boy who terrorised him.

Our Take

7.6
Staff

This quiet French coming-of-age romance is about two boys who live in the Pyrénées mountains in the south of France. Getting to school is an ordeal for both of them but more so for Thomas, the son of shepherds, who has to travel for two hours each way. Damien, the other teenager, lives closer to the school in a big home with his mother who is the town’s doctor. 

The two boys initially fight at school, taking turns at bullying each. Damien’s mother intervenes, inviting Thomas to live with them so that he can be closer to school.

Co-written by Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and the movie’s legendary director André Téchiné.

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