Quand on a 17 ans / Being 17

With Being 17, the great French writer-director André Téchiné returns to
the subject matter of his masterpiece Wild Reeds, a 1994 feature about the
sexual awakening of a handful of teenagers in the rural southwest of France
during the Algerian war, and a landmark in the representation of gay youth in
French cinema. In this new film, the time is the present and the setting the
majestic landscape of the Pyrenees. Seventeen-year-old Damien lives alone
with his mother, a doctor, while his father is deployed overseas with the French
army. At school, he is a good student but an outsider. He is frequently bullied
by Thomas, a biracial boy who must commute several hours a day from his
adoptive family’s remote farm high in the mountains. When Damien’s mother
meets Thomas through an emergency house-call to his mother, she discovers
the hardships the boy must face to go to school and eventually invites him to
move in with her family to be close to the classroom. The relationship between
Damien and Thomas only gets worse and the two boys soon come to blows.
Yet as both their families face major upheavals, Damien realizes he is in love
with Thomas. With Being 17, Téchiné has made his best film in years, returning
to his winning mix of subtly observed naturalism and narrative developments
worthy of the great melodramas to give us another memorable depiction of
the trials and triumphs of coming of age and coming out.

DIRECTOR
André Téchiné

SCREENPLAY
Céline Sciamma & André Téchiné

CAST
Sandrine Kiberlain
Kacey Mottet Klein
Corentin Fila

DETAILS
Drama / LGBT
French
116 min.
France, 2016
Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Strand Releasing

PRICE RANGE
$250 – $400 depending on size of
screening and format