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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Digital. Queer Lisboa. I don't stop thinking that the screwball comedy could be the matrix of this film, not in literal sense, but in the way the lovers confront themselves until they lose in themselves, imbued of a 17 years energy, as indicated in the title. Like the one with which Téchiné films them, filming the lack of happiness in love and still its possibility- opposite directions in one movement 'till a kiss..
Thuggish kid regularly beats your kid into a pulp? No worries, just open the door wide for him. After all, you are the best middle class, liberal, goodie-two-shoes mother on this mountainside. That gay romance between them must happen. It's in the script.
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.