Being 17

  • Thur Mar 9
  • Sun Mar 12
Being 17
André Téchiné
Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila

Desire, masculinity, adolescence. Damien and Thomas, high school teenagers who mutually loathe one another, suddenly end up living under the roof of Damien’s mother. Director/writer Téchiné teams up with co-writer Sciamma to depict “the awakening of gay adolescent desire and self-knowledge in this drama set in the French Pyrenees…, comparisons will be made to director Andre Techine’s most personal film, Wild Reeds, which also explored the destabilizing force of teenage desire in a rural setting… Likewise, a connective tissue can be traced to the limpid gaze of co-writer Celine Sciamma’s coming-of-age stories about sexual identity: Water Lilies, Tomboy and Girlhood. But Being 17 is more expansive in scope and richer in tone than any of those thematically related works; it’s an intimate epic that builds in wholly unexpected ways to a final act of searing poignancy.… As a portrait of adolescents wrestling with unfamiliar emotions, this is an uncommonly moving teen film, conveying with great restraint the boys’ loneliness, fear, longing and magnetic attraction in moments so tender and private you almost feel like an intruder. And it depicts sexual discovery with a physical candor that translates into corresponding emotional transparency, even as it stirs up fresh unrest.” (Hollywood Reporter)


Ithaca premiere
DCP color
1 hour 56 minutes
release year/country
2016 France