One of 2017's great surprises. By toying with the idea of an upcoming loss of personal agency - Ava's pending blindness - with the already claustrophobic frustrations of being a teen (girl), the need to break free leads to wildly unexpected places. The backlash against the nudity and sexual themes surprised me - I suppose your response depends on how closely you match age to intellectual and emotional maturity.
A powerful and refreshing coming-of-age story, as well as a delicate and intimate study of teen female sexuality. Léa Mysius' debut feature succeeds at combining a clear and solid cinematic language with a script that feels inventive and courageous throughout. The last half hour is shot with a particular touch that feels as gentle as a film by Alice Rohrwacher.
By far one of the most vexing films I've ever seen. In some ways it reads as a pared-down answer to something like Pan's Labyrinth, though it could have done with more of the grotesque and shocking surreality that was kept mostly at bay. Not sure if I'd ever want to watch it again.
The tug and pull of adolescence versus adulthood with the complication of the onset of blindness. Ava, played by Noée Abita, is a young woman robbed of her adolescence due to her worsening eyesight. Eventually, crimes sprees, alienation from her mother, and the love of a rebellious young man is her way of dealing with her reality. Great acting and directing ensure this films power to move us and have empathy for Ava.
A wild howl against complacency which is at once both life-affirming and pretty fucked up! Like if John Darnielle rewrote 'À bout de souffle' and got Walerian Borowczyk to direct it. One of those films that, while watching it, feels like the only film in existence. It's also a film that I can only imagine being made in France. A fairytale for criminals who know that the only true crime is being boring!
An interesting, slightly different, look at adolescence, with a central character who finds out that she is losing her eyesight. Her mother determines to give her the best summer ever, while she plans to create her own selection of memorable moments. Decent performances make up for some of the more muddled ideas, and there are a lot of wonderful individual moments.
Extraordinary film about light. An abstract centre, light. Less abstract circles around that centre. Life, becoming adult, sexuality, mother-daughter love-hate, romantic love, civilization and ludic anarchism. Concrete circles around the abstract centre: light and its counterpart, blindness. Noée Abita, great acting, intense and hipnotic. Wonderful cello music.