Location la: Redstone Theater
New York premiere with director Claire Simon in person
Dir. Claire Simon. France. 2018. 100 mins. In French with English subtitles. French title: Premières solitudes. The latest film from acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Simon is a candid and uniquely collaborative group portrait of high school students at a suburban Parisian school. Simon facilitates a series of conversations between eleventh-grade students at a lycée in Ivry, south of Paris, covering topics that range from family histories to views of the world, first loves, and dreams of the future. Some of the teens are already close friends, others are getting to know each other in front of the camera, which fosters a fascinating tension between collegial self-awareness and spontaneous yet willing disclosure. What results is a film that is revealing of how teenagers talk to each other and think about the modern world, while also being a modest but subtly radical model for how all young people deserve to be seen and heard.
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