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Quand on a 17 ans

116 min.
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Sandrine Kiberlain
Kacey Mottet Klein
Corentin Fila
Alexis Loret
Production Company:
Fidelité Films
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Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Damien and Thomas attend the same grammar school class.They cannot stand each other and whenever verbal insuls fail to do enough damage they take a swing at each other. Yet they could just as easily be friends. Damien’s mother Marianne is a country doctor and his father a military pilot on a tour of duty abroad. Thomas is of Maghrebi descent and is the adopted son of a farming family living on a remote farm in the mountains. After several miscarriages the farmer’s wife is expecting again and, since her pregnancy promises to be a difficult one, Marianne invites the withdrawn boy to come and stay with them for a while. Damien and Thomas find themselves having to live under the same roof ... André Techiné has already taken part in the Berlinale Competition several times with films such as Les temps qui changent (2005) and Les témoins (2007). In Quand on a 17 ans he explores what it is like to grow up in different social environments in this portrait of two confused youths trying to govern their emotions. A rugged village in the mountains of south-western France as the seasons pass becomes the psychological landscape of the relationship between two young men which vacillates between disdain and attraction.

BIOGRAFIE André Téchiné

Born in Valence d’Agen, France in 1943, he wrote for the film magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinéma’ between 1964 and 1967 and then became assistant director to Jacques Rivette. He first began directing in Parisian theatre before becoming a screenwriter and film director at the beginning of the 1970s. His greatest successes include MA SAISON PRÉFERÉE (MY FAVORITE SEASON) and his multi-award- winning drama LES ROSEAUX SAUVAGES (WILD REEDS). He was most recently in the Berlinale Competition in 2007 with LES TÉMOINS (THE WITNESSES).

FILMOGRAFIE André Téchiné (selection)

2019 L'adieu à la nuit  2017 Nos années folles  2016 Quand on a 17 ans   2014 Quand on a 17 ans  2013 Tous les Garçons et les Filles de leur Age  2012 L'homme qu'on avait trop  2011 Impardonnables   2009 La fille du RER  2006 Les Témoins  2004 Les Temps Qui Changent  2003 Les Égarés   2001 Loin  1998 Alice et Martin  1994 Les Voleurs  1994 Les Roseaux Sauvages  1993 Ma Saison Préférée   1991 J'embrasse pas  1987 Les Innocents  1986 Le Lieu du Crime  1985 Rendez-vous  1983 La Matiouette  1981 Hotel des Amériques  1979 Les Coeurs Bronte  1976 Barocco  1975 Souvenir d'en France  1969 Paulina s'en va 

André Téchiné @IMDb
Interview with André Téchiné

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