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Being 17 review

A good movie

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for André Téchiné, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, it was basically dealing with a love story involving 2 really confused young men and this tale turned out be equally fascinating and frustrating. Indeed, right from the start, it was pretty obvious what was going on but it took the 2 main characters roughly ¾ of the running time to finally figure it out themselves. Furthermore, there was very little information about who they actually were. I mean, with Thomas, I was able to gather some information here and there, for example, the fact that he had been transferred from a different school might explain why he was so isolated in this school but all this information was really indirect. In the case of Damien, it was never explained who he actually was outside his relationship with Thomas and it didn’t help that they had both absolutely no interaction whatsoever with other people around the same age. Another thing that bothered me was that it seemed rather unlikely, even rather misguided, that Damien's mother would decide to ask Thomas to live with them when, at the time, both boys couldn't stand each other. Still, it has been a while since I have seen such a messed up, confused but also so intense love relationship and both boys (Kacey Mottet Klein and Corentin Fila) delivered some really strong performances. Téchiné also managed with his naturalistic approach to deliver a realistic environment which gave some extra texture, some extra layer which might partially explain the behaviour of these two young men. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in André Téchiné’s work. 

Added by johanlefourbe
2 weeks ago on 21 July 2020 11:58