BEING 17 (French : QUAND ON A 17 ANS) is a 2016 French drama film
* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Reception * 5 Accolades * 6 References * 7 External links
Smart and sensitive, Damien is a seventeen-year-old student who lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor. His father, Nathan, is a military pilot on a mission abroad. They enjoy a comfortable life in a small town located in a valley among the mountains of the Hautes-Pyrénées .
In high school, Damien gets picked on by Thomas, a classmate, who trips him in the middle of class for no apparent reason. From then on there are constant altercations between them while playing sports and in the schoolyard. Both are outsiders at school chosen last for sports teams. In order to protect himself, Damien takes self-defense classes with Paulo, an ex-military family friend.
Meanwhile, Thomas, who is the biracial adopted son of a couple of sheep and cattle farmers, faces his own set of problems. Every day he has to walk for 90 minutes to reach the school. Marianne makes a house call to Thomas’s farm when his mother, Christine, has a pulmonary infection. Christine, who has a history of miscarriages, is pregnant and has to be hospitalized for some time. As the reserved Thomas worries about his mother and the birth of a biological child to his parents, his grades in school begin to fail. Wanting to help, Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with her family so he can visit his mother in town at the hospital and spend more time studying and avoid the long trip to school everyday. This coincides with a blissful return home for Nathan for leave between his tours of duty abroad. Nathan is lovingly welcomed by his wife and son and takes it upon himself, during his short visit, to personally invite Thomas to stay with his family. Pressed by his parents, Thomas reluctantly accepts.
Sharing the same household does not improve the relationship between the two teenagers. Damien resents that his mother is charmed by Thomas and accuses him of getting sick so he can be examined by Marianne. Away from home, the two boys fight each other in the mountains. Damien asks Thomas to drive to see a man whom he has contacted online for a sexual encounter. Thomas reluctantly drives him there, but Damien backs down, unsure of his feelings. On their way back home, Damien confesses his feelings to Thomas, saying, “I don’t know if I’m into guys or just you." Thomas does not welcome the revelation. He stops the car gets out at the bank of a river. While trying to rebuff Damien, Thomas falls into a ditch and breaks his wrist. Realizing that the two boys have continued fighting, Marianne asks Thomas to return to his farm the next day. Damian and Thomas get closer at school while sitting in class together. Damien takes the first step and kisses Thomas, who initially seems to welcome the affection, but then retaliates violently, hitting Damien in the face. Thomas is expelled from school. Damien tells his mother that Thomas hit him because he kissed him, revealing his true feelings for Thomas. Marianne is sympathetic to her son.
Nathan is killed in a mission, shattering the lives of his wife and
son. After the funeral, Thomas embraces Damien while consoling him. As
Marianne falls into a deep depression, Thomas moves back to live with
them to help look after Marianne. He keeps her company while Damien is
away at school. The relationship between the two boys warms up. They
work together discussing a classroom project on desire. When Marianne
finds the strength to go back to work, it is time for Thomas to return
to his farm. Marianne goes to bed earlier that night. Damien tells
Thomas that he loves him and that he is not afraid of his feelings.
Thomas kisses him and they make love. The next morning Thomas leaves
before Damien wakes up. Damien goes to Thomas's farm where they talk
about the previous night and their feelings. Thomas is nervous after
the birth of his sister and Marianne and Damien accompany him to the
happy occasion. Marianne decides that it is better for her to take a
job offer and move to
* Corentin Fila (fr) as Tomas * Kacey Mottet Klein as Damien * Alexis Loret as Nathan * Mama Prassinos as Christine, Tomas's mother * Jean Fornerod as Jacques, Tomas's father * Jean Corso as Paulo * Edouard Lamoitier as Marc * Rémi Garcia as the Principal
For his 21st feature film, director
The film was produced by Fidélité Films. Shooting took place in
The film premiered in competition at the 66th Berlin International
Film Festival . It garnered a widespread critical acclaim. It holds
a positive rating of 94% on
Stephen Holden in the
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Film critic Glenn Kenny from RogerEbert.com quoted from the film :" Need is part of nature … desire is not of natural origin. It is superfluous. So goes a reading in one of Thomas and Damien’s school assignments. The project of Being 17, which is realized via the accretion of dozens of wonderful details, is to prove that assertion entirely wrong, to celebrate desire as the most natural and necessary thing in our lives".
The Hollywood Reporter
AWARD / FILM FESTIVAL CATEGORY RECIPIENTS AND NOMINEES RESULT
César Awards Most Promising Actor Corentin Fila Nominated
Kacey Mottet Klein Nominated
Lumières Awards Most Promising Actor Corentin Fila Nominated
Kacey Mottet Klein Nominated
Outfest Grand Jury Award
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Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
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