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
The reviews seem very mixed here and there is a contradiction somewhere because the ratings it gets are very high. The last part in the camp was interminably long and what Lesage was trying to say eluded me. Before that section the film was fine, well acted and then we lost the characters and were in my opinion presented with a whole new film. It is a pity as I liked the slow pace, the music, the cruelty and fumbling way ' relationships ' form and fall about. The declaration of love in the classroom was a standout scene, and for me was at the heart of the film. But in all the scenario and direction of narrative did not hold its force. I watched it late at night and had paid no attention to how long it was and this may colour my view of the last section. It may well be a masterpiece, but like those first audiences for Antonioni's ' L'Avventura ' I was torn between booing it and applauding it. And please anyone who reads the keywords do not think this is an LGBT film. It could have been but to me the director clearly decided to make it ' Universal '. I use this dreadful word but that is how it seems here, and probably that was a mistake. To me Universal is just a studio! A difficult film.
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