Most mothers, when their son is being bullied, come down hard on the perpetrator. Not so Marianne (the extraordinary Sandrine Kiberlain) – she invites her son's antagonist to stay for the winter. The thing is, gangly Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein) and adopted farm boy, Tom (Corentin Fila), have as many sparks flying as fists.
Being 17 is a startling collaboration between two of France's queer heavyweights, directors André Téchiné (Wild Reeds) and Céline Sciamma (Girlhood), who is on board here as co-writer. Together they deliver a blistering examination of nascent masculinity, one that captures the fire of young men like few films in recent memory.
French with English subtitles.
Presented in association with the Alliance Française French Film Festival