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..
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.
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.