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Being 17 (2016)

Quand on a 17 ans (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 30 March 2016 (France)
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Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.

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André Téchiné

Writers:

Céline Sciamma (screenplay), André Téchiné (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Dr. Marianne Delille
Kacey Mottet Klein ... Damien Delille
Corentin Fila Corentin Fila ... Thomas Chardoul
Alexis Loret Alexis Loret ... Nathan Delille
Jean Fornerod Jean Fornerod ... Jacques Chardoul
Mama Prassinos Mama Prassinos ... Christine Chardoul
Jean Corso Jean Corso ... Paulo
Rémi Garcia Rémi Garcia ... Le proviseur
Maïté Arraiza Maïté Arraiza ... La prof de français
Françoise Gaillard Françoise Gaillard ... La prof de maths
Nicole Ellkésir Nicole Ellkésir ... Prof d'histoire géographie 1
Didier Hougarou Didier Hougarou ... Prof d'histoire géographie 2
Gérard Labelle Gérard Labelle ... Le prof de sport
Christelle Ripa Christelle Ripa ... La prof d'espagnol
Vanessa Duran Vanessa Duran ... La prof de chimie
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Generally absent French army rescue helicopter pilot Nathan Delille's teen son Damien Delille is the model student in his Alpine village school. He takes self-defense lessons from veteran neighbor Paolo, needed as non-provoking victim of class bully Thomas Chardoul, doting adopted son of petty cattle farmers Jacques and Christine Chardoul. Unaware and questioning that Damien is the innocent party when the principal, who guessed right, thus punishes both as fighters, his mother, local Dr. Marianne Delille, takes Thomas in after diagnosing his mother pregnant. The boys are forced to play friends, fight in secret, yet bond over confidences as closet gay Damien's grades slip due to a crush on Tom, who takes over a class champion ta-hanks to home tutoring. They are separated as their now irrelevant fights come out, yet reunite intimately after a family tragedy. Written by KGF Vissers

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From the director of Wild Reeds and the writer of Girlhood

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Being 17 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,838, 9 October 2016

Gross USA:

$52,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,713
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1.78 : 1
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Don't listen to the haters!
31 October 2017 | by DannX68See all my reviews

Being 17/Quand on a 17 ans. A really, really good gay/coming of age film. Not just about the kids' problems with being gay and their attraction, but also what shapes them as humans, with as much emphasis on especially one of the boys' mother, it was as much her story as it was theirs. Great acting. Beautiful, but not "big" cinematography - although the snow covered mountains made me almost miss snow - and I HATE the cold!

And it was not over the top/sugar-coated as most American movies (or was about just drugs and screwing every guy you come near, as also happens in most gay-themed American movies) in this genre, which gives it extra points.


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