Past Event20 Jul - 29 Jul 2016

Being 17

No longer available

The Civic


André Téchiné’s engrossing and original drama of teenage male turmoil is enriched immeasurably by its assured inclusion of female perspective, thanks to a script co-written by Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, NZIFF15) and an inspired performance from Sandrine Kiberlain. In her most substantial role in years, Kiberlain plays a mother who unwittingly comes between her son (a mercurial Kacey Mottet Klein) and the classmate who embodies everything he thinks he loathes.

High in the spectacular Pyrenees, Marianne (Kiberlain), the local doctor, is called out to an isolated farm to tend to an ailing woman. She takes an instant liking to Thomas (Corentin Fila), her patient’s adopted son, a handsome young North African whose easy masculine competence impresses her. When the boy’s mother is admitted to hospital, Marianne invites Thomas to stay in town, near the hospital, with her and her son, his tauntingly brainy classmate Damien. She’s unaware of the longstanding antagonism between the two. Soon she is confronting the most outrageous flare-ups, and facing up to the anxiety, competition, loneliness, paternal absence and sexual hunger that fuel their passionate hostility – and might also unlock it.

Being 17

Quand on a 17 ans
France 2016
114 mins
In French with English subtitles

Director: André Téchiné

Producers: Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier

Screenplay: André Téchiné, Céline Sciamma

Photography: Julien Hirsch

Editor: Albertine Lastera

Production designer: Olivier Radot

Costume designer: Christian Gasc

Music: Alexis Rault

With: Sandrine Kiberlain (Marianne), Kacey Mottet Klein (Damien), Corentin Fila (Tom), Alexis Loret (Nathan), Jean Fornerod (Jacques), Mama Prassinos (Christine), Jean Corso (Paulo)

Festivals: Berlin 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

Watch the trailer

Be the first to know about live events in Auckland!