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1,628 Ratings


Directed by Léa Mysius
France, 2017


A young woman finds out she is condemned to gradually lose her sight while spending her summer vacation at a beach resort. While her mother Maud has vowed to make Ava’s month of holidays an unforgettable experience, Ava decides to take another route.

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Ava Directed by Léa Mysius

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | 2 wins including: Palm Dog

César Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Prix Louis Delluc

2017 | Nominee: Best First Film

The plot runs away with itself a little at the end, but this is not unusual in a debut feature and there is so much to love in Mysius’ film. From the thumping drums and eerie atonality of the interstitial soundtrack to the blasts of Europop and soul, it sounds as good as it looks, and it looks very good indeed on 35mm film. The very last shot is the first shot where we see Ava break into a full smile as she drives off into her future, and it’s a smile you will feel like sharing.
October 04, 2017
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A teenage coming-of-age tale full of twists and in possession of a weird rebellious spirit much like its idiosyncratic 13-year-old loner protagonist… Mysius, shooting with cinematographer Paul Guilhaume on 35mm, makes full use of its texture and saturated colours. Indeed, blackness is a frequent motif, including the black dog that Ava steals to be her companion.
June 02, 2017
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Compared to, say, Marielle Heller’s recent American indie The Diary of a Teenage Girl or, to go back several years, Catherine Breillat’s Fat Girl (2001), this lacks moral nuance and complexity, but Mysius’ technique is unquestionably stylish and confident, and she coaxes strong performances from inexperienced and seasoned cast alike. Shot on increasingly rare 35mm stock by DP and co-screenwriter Paul Guilhaume, the film at least has a visual luster, intense palette and tactile quality.
May 20, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film Ava

    As zesty as its teen protagonist is spiteful, complex and enterprising

  • Dada Kubin's rating of the film Ava

    Absolutely wonderful film about the resilience and fantasy of young people on the verge of adulthood. Once again a film that shows that you can take common themes – last summer, sexual awakening etc. – and still give them a fresh look. “Ava” is told in adorably non-realistic style, almost like a fairy-tale, with beautiful pictures and imaginative sound design. And Noeé Abita is the perfect Ava.

  • Aaken's rating of the film Ava

    Teenage is a tough time, even more for 13 yo Ava who discovers during her summer holiday, that she will lose her sight. The young actors Noée Abita and Juan Cano are just perfect. Their naturalness, their youthful beauty are beautifully and sensitively captured by Lea Mysius. Radiant cinematography by Paul Guilhaume. (And I was saying to a friend that modern French cinema was usually not very striking visually...)

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Ava

    Just when I thought I had my fill of coming-of-age films, a delightful one like this comes along. But this is also a Love Movie, and I love that.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Ava

    This is a very surprising coming of age story. As if Lord of the Flies and The Blue Lagoon clashed in the bely of civilization. One idea of Agostinho da Silva comes to mind: that the true Good Savages are children. The coming of age is quite surprising since teen rage and outlawfulness never becomes nihilist, on the contrary. When it is directed at adults and "their" society, an idealism spurs: innocence.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Ava

    îmbrățișat de către lumina soarelui în vară, imaginația unei fată indisciplinată se colorează în irizat, chiar dacă lumea ei o să fie vopsită în negru mai întunecat decât beznă. Acest film coming-of-age e despre o vară de neuitat a fatei. Capricios și temerar, în plus, asta câine draguț! // 夏の陽光に抱かれながら、少女の想像力は極彩色を帯びていく。例え彼女の世界が闇より暗い黒に染め上げられるとしても。今作は少女の忘れられない夏を追った青春映画だ。自由で大胆、そしてあの可愛い犬ったら!

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Ava

    Several films rolled into one: rebellious teenagers turn into Bonnie and Clyde (going blind) with magic realism aplenty and a touch of ballardianism.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Ava

    This is the rare case where a film manages to overcome a mediocre story and create something expressive, honest and emotional. It's a film about youth, self-discovery, love, desperation. But above all, it's a story of a romantic escape - go, live, with someone (both literally and figuratively). Beautifully shot with gorgeous colour processing, fantastic music and sound, great performances. Truly moving and memorable.

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