Guidelines

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Guidelines (La marche à suivre)

Directed by Jean-François Caissy

  • Canada 2013; 76 min
  • Original version: French
  • Genre: Documentary
    • World Pulse Award - IndieLisboa
    • Special Mention (Best Canadian Feature) - RIDM

Synopsis

GUIDELINES explores the world of adolescence through a series of tableaux that illustrate the occasionally trying existence of young people at a rural secondary school. Emphasizing the contrasts between the regulated environment of the classroom and the beckoning freedom of the great outdoors, the film is structured around the teens’ meetings with various authority figures in the institution whose job it is to “set them straight.”

During these encounters behind closed doors, the students’ day-to-day concerns emerge through the diversity of the stories they tell. Outside classroom hours, the students regain control of their world, the natural surroundings becoming a playground where they can test the limits of their temporary freedom.

These spirited scenes of them “out exploring” alternate with the private meetings, shot indoors in close quarters. The documentary gradually sheds light on the interior drama of adolescence, with its shifts from fragility to reckless abandon. Relying mostly on uninterrupted long takes in order to record situations and emotions as faithfully as possible, the film makes a point of not criticizing either the education system or the youths’ behaviour. A work of patient observation, GUIDELINES paints a universal portrait of the ups and downs of the teen years.

Production

  • NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

     

International Sales

  • NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

    Danielle Viau