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Amateur Teens (2015)

A modern tragedy about a group of 14-year-old schoolchildren whose daily life is shaped by the power of social media and ever increasing sexualisation through the Internet.

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Niklaus Hilber
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Credited cast:
Luna Wedler ... Milena
Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen ... Alina
Annina Walt Annina Walt ... Lara
Nicola Perot ... Lars
Beat Marti ... Adis Vater
Chiara Carla Bär Chiara Carla Bär ... Sabrina
Fabrizio Borsani Fabrizio Borsani ... Selim
Christian Samuel Weber ... Turnlehrer (as Christian Weber)
Veton Hamza Veton Hamza ... Kemal
Nicole Steiner Nicole Steiner ... Französischlehrerin
Jérôme Humm Jérôme Humm ... Jan
Jürg Plüss Jürg Plüss ... Türsteher
Benjamin Dangel Benjamin Dangel ... Adi
Joachim Aeschlimann Joachim Aeschlimann ... Student
Marc Schmassmann Marc Schmassmann ... Personalchef
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A group of normal 14-year-old teenagers at a secondary school in Zürich with the normal yearnings for love and acceptance. But the power of social media, with its high-gloss selfies and perpetual pressure towards cooler and sexier, increasingly forces the kids to deny their true feelings. So a tragedy runs its course, one in which it is almost impossible to differentiate between perpetrator and victim, guilt and innocence. Written by A Film Company

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Switzerland

Release Date:

30 September 2015 (Switzerland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Zurich, Switzerland

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2.35 : 1
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P.A.R.T.Y
Written by A. Gibbons, M.J. Jones, C. Jones
Performed by Lack of Afro feat. Wax & Herbal T
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Shocking, profound and sensitively told look at today's youth
21 January 2017 | by grantssSee all my reviews

The story follows a group of Swiss boys and girls in their mid- teens. They all go to the same high school in Zurich and seem like your everyday sorts of teenagers. However, their outlook is largely shaped by external influences and vices, eg porn, drugs, social media, peer pressure. This leads to some dramatic actions and consequences.

Not a new subject - pretty much a 2015 update of Larry Clark's Kids, in a Swiss setting. Is quite sensitively done though. While Kids was good, it teetered on the brink between a profound story and creepiness. Niklaus Hilber, the director of Amateur Teens does his best to be confronting without turning the movie into some cheap titillation exercise, and does so very well.

The stories are honest, realistic and engaging yet the tone is not overly judgmental. The kids have redeeming qualities, to an extent, and there are enough examples to show that not everybody is like this. There is some hope for the youth of today.


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