Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.
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When two boys fall in love, they hit each other again and again and again until they figure out other ways to be physical. Also, seasons change and life happens. A simple story elevated by great realization and performances. PS> I'm pretty sure the ending isn't as straight forward as it appears to be.
this coming of age story is completely classic and predictable. but i love the spark of every character. the built-up is really good, well-written and well-acted too. emotional and heartwarming. ahh i love this one.
7.5/10. A slight but affecting pastoral about burgeoning desire.
The occasional bursts of overt sexuality and tragedy in the film feel jarring, but perhaps refreshingly so in light of the otherwise simple, lowkey story.
Technically, BEING 17 makes a strong case for the emotional immediacy of handheld camera.