Everyone knows that puberty can be a traumatic period. First, we unexpectedly lose control over our bodies-its reactions become involuntary, awkward, and ostentatious. Second, our thoughts constantly revolve around a single subject. Third, our hormones encourage us to engage in irresponsible behavior. Damien and Tom, who use their last ounce of strength to defend themselves against homoerotic desire, know plenty about the subject. The former is the son of a local doctor, the latter has African roots and was adopted by farmers. They could not be more different-they are, in fact, polar opposites. When they start getting closer, however, sparks fly, which puts the local community on high alert, a community that had already cast the boys in certain roles: Damien with a diploma from a prestigious university and a career; Tom as an eternal farmhand. How the protagonists see themselves matters to no one beyond the sensitive director, a classic of French cinema.
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival 2016 - Best Male Revelation (Kacey Mottet Klein)
Born in 1943, André Téchiné is a director and writer who has been nominated for a Palme d'Or, Golden Lion, and Golden Bear. In France, he is known as one of the most important filmmakers of the New Wave. He started as a film critic associated with the cult Cahiers du Cinéma, where he analyzed the works of Jerzy Skolimowski. In the end, he decided to get behind the camera himself. His style is characterized by empathy and penetrating diagnosis. Wild Reeds is considered to be his best work. Being 17 took part in the main competition at the Berlinale.
1969 Paulina odchodzi / Paulina s'en va
1976 Barok / Barocco
1985 Spotkanie / Rendez-vous
1994 Dzikie trzciny / Les Roseaux Sauvages
2007 Świadkowie / Les témoins
2016 Mając 17 lat / Being 17 / Quand on a 17 ans