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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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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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From the director of Wild Reeds and the writer of Girlhood

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,713, 23 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,713, 26 December 2016
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Bleak, delicate, natural-looking gay come-of-age drama..exhilarating!
25 December 2017 | by prasanttrimurthySee all my reviews

So this is what being 17 feels like?! This is a slow-moving, mundane yet beautiful, subtle drama that captures the bleak lives of two teenage boys, both living in different family backgrounds. Accompanied by constant shivering snowfalls, they both end up feeling 'something' between them.

This is a simple come-of-age story that doesn't show us usual intensity of gay relationships or obvious flow of surging passion (that concludes with I-love-you or I-like-you confessions). On the contrary it is more about wavering confusion and love-hate tension that grows between two adolescent boys studying in the same institute.

What makes it different from other gay films of similar themes is its ability to grip your attention and tease you with slightly puerile curiosity about: "will they come together?"

There are several unique elements that work as essentials of this story: sense of solitude, fierce jealousy, suppressed infatuation, silent expectations, teenage ego, and of course, the urgent hatred that often emerges from helpless, pent-up affection.

I especially loved the natural, engaging and poised performances of two young actors who seemed to know what they were supposed to do on screen - they appeared quite involved and effortless. Exhilarating indeed!


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