The birth of the first love shakes three teenagers in the tumult of their youth. Guillaume, 16, and Charlotte,18, are half-siblings and simultaneously struggles with romance; She is in a relationship with Maxime, but reels from his proposal that they change to an open relationship.So she moves from one relationship to the next (and always with the wrong guy), which has devastating consequences. Guillaume is a student at an all-boys boarding school and developing a romantic and sexual attraction to his classmate Nicolas. 12 year-old Felix, now a thoughtful, guitar-playing young adolescent with a crush on Beatrice, a fellow resident at his folksy woodland summer camp and is feelings are requited. Brother and sister have to find their way in a world that offers them no certainties or guidelines. While others adapt, they stand up, defending their right to love and be free.Written by
For me, this was a tough film to rate. On the one hand I felt it exceptionally portrayed some of the exuberance of youth and first loves. Yet, the movie also was difficult to watch, at times, as it starkly illustrated the devastating pain and sadness that can accompany coming-of-age. as well.
Maybe it's me but I had difficulty discerning which character was which, as the film often appeared disjointed. So bottom line: some good positives here, like the performance of Noee Abita, but on the whole the movie, written and directed by Philippe Lesage, could only be given a fair rating for entertainment value, as I see it.
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