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.
This film is aesthetically beautiful and captures some profound and heart-warming moments. From the outset it is clear this film could go in any direction - the plot lost pace at certain points and at times Ava seems to distant a protagonist. That said, perhaps this is part of the film's charm and heightens the key theme of teenage bewilderment.