Their names are Tessa, Anaïs, Catia, Manon, Elia, Hugo, Clément. They’re all eleventh-grade students at a lycée in Ivry, an unadorned suburb of Paris, they have puppy fat, squeaky voices and braces. In differing combinations of twos and threes, they swap stories and viewpoints, about their family backgrounds, their relationships with their parents, first loves and dreams for the future, all seemingly unaffected by the presence of the camera. Few of them have anyone to truly confide in at home, making their ability to articulate their emotions with such eloquence and self-reflection and reveal their insecurities, longings, sorrows and fears all the more astonishing. On the cusp of adulthood, they vacillate between stoic composure – that life is hard is a certainty accepted with a shrug – and romanticism; between the desire to be cared for and the anticipation of imminent independence; between earnestness and youthful abandon.
- Claire Simon
- Claire Simon
- Lea Masson
- Luc Forveille
- SOPHIE DULAC PRODUCTIONS
- WIDE HOUSE
An intimate glimpse at adolescent angst.
Born in London in 1955, Claire Simon has made several short films, including LA POLICE (1988) and SCENES DE MENAGE (1991). She has also directed documentaries such as LES PATIENTS (1989) and MIMI, which screened at Berlin IFF in 2003. In 1997 she made her first fiction feature, A FOREIGN BODY, which was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes, as were her subsequent films CA BRULE (2006) and GOD'S OFFICES (2008). In 2013 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY and GARE DU NORD were both selected for Locarno. In 2015 she returned to Locarno with her feature documentary THE WOODS DREAMS ARE MADE OF. Her film THE GRADUATION (2016) was screened at various festivals and won the Best Documentary on Cinema at the Venice IFF.