Eighteen-year-old Rémi, son of a French mother and a North African father, studies commerce, works part-time in an Arab grocery, and answering an ad for film actors finds himself in a relationship with Marc, the director. His sexual identity, however, is as “open” as his cultural one.
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Pictures on youth exploring sexuality tend to objectify or preach. There is no erotic lesson here. Rémi crosses from the fragility of adolescence to an unsure adulthood, from Africa to Europe, and these themes of orphaning, innocence and emigration are prevalent in most of the director's works, from "Wild Side" to "Le Traversée". Tender, honest, and worth watching.