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Ava (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 December 2017 (USA)
13-year-old Ava learns that she will lose her sight sooner than expected, and she confronts the problem in her own way.

Director:

Léa Mysius

Writers:

Léa Mysius (scenario), Paul Guilhaume (collaboration)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noée Abita Noée Abita ... Ava
Laure Calamy Laure Calamy ... Maud
Juan Cano Juan Cano ... Juan
Tamara Cano Tamara Cano ... Jessica
Ismaël Capelot Ismaël Capelot
Daouda Diakhaté Daouda Diakhaté ... Tété
Baptiste Archimbaud Baptiste Archimbaud ... Matthias
Franck Beckmann Franck Beckmann ... L'ophtalmologiste
Carmen Gimenez Carmen Gimenez ... Carmen
Valentine Cadic Valentine Cadic ... Serveuse mariage
Mary Lefèvre Mary Lefèvre ... La policière à cheval
Vincent Grousset Vincent Grousset ... Le policier à cheval
Paul Meulins Paul Meulins ... Le moniteur
Mila Cheuzzi Mila Cheuzzi ... Inès
Nolan Dos Santos Nolan Dos Santos ... Doublure Inès
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Ava, 13, is spending the summer on the Atlantic coast when she learns that she will lose her sight sooner than expected. Her mother, Maud decides to act as if everything were normal so as to spend their best summer ever. Ava confronts the problem in her own way. She steals a big black dog that belongs to a young man on the run and later they have a big adventure. Written by lament

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Gironde, France See more »

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€2,800,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Léa Mysius' graduation screenplay at the Femis Film School. See more »

Soundtracks

Passacaglia della vita
Words and music by Stefano Landi
Performed by Rosemary Standley & Dom La Nena
From the album "Birds on Wire" (2014).
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Home before dark.
27 April 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is an uneven movie: the first part is made with sensitivity ,avoiding pathos and melodrama;the second one may puzzle some viewers and seems written haphazardly,improvised ,a little a la old "Nouvelle Vague".

Ava is going to go blind sooner as she expected :her desease is not so unusual ,I know a person who suffers from it:but the progression ,fortunately, is much slower than Ava's who is only thirteen ,an age where she a new world should be waiting for her,the first beau, the first young emotions.

Medical exams are boiled down to one scene:the diagnosis is given by the ophtamologist with sympathy,quite openly:no tears,no cries ,but a strong restrained pain.

Her mother ,unfortunately ,athough she acts with her daughter as a chum, is an immature selfish person:about forty ,she still believes she is young and pretty , and that she can seduce younger men (gigolos ,says Ava);she does not realize that time has taken its toll and that she cannot pass for a teenage girl anymore,even with all the make up in the world.

The mother's implicit acceptance of her daughter's tragedy leads the girl to an act of defiance ;mom told her daughter she should not sleep with the boys till she is sixteen or seventeen or even more,"it's not a shame" ;but shortly after ,she swims in the nude (the movie includes full frontal female nudity) and seduces a foreign boy ,probably an immigrant ;her second act of rebellion is helping him escape for the police ,who will intervene again during the wedding in the restaurant where Ava has become a waitress (the cause is not specified,but he is probably a foreign national whose papers are not in order).

This rebellion against establishment may symbolize a rebellion against her own fate ,this darkness which hangs over like a sword of Damocles.

However ,I still believe this second part is underwritten ;the director has her movie back in control again only in the last minutes, with a good use of light and darkness.

That said,on the current "feel-good" French scene,it is definitely a worthwhile work.


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