image from the film Slalom

image from the film SLALOM (©charlie bus production)

This riveting, Cannes-selected #MeToo drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor, played by frequent Dardenne brothers collaborator Jérémie Renier.

In a breakthrough role, Noée Abita plays 15-year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps who has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country’s top professional athletes.

Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. Under his influence, she will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training.

“The film is too rich and too human for any kind of categorization. But for all its beauty, it’s also quite an unsettling watch—a delicate, authentic look at the complicated ways in which abuse works.” (Bilge Ebiri, Vulture)

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