Studies and work soon become interlinked via the relationship 15-year-old Mathieu develops with Paul, the old owner of the farm, who acts as his tutor and in whom he finds the paternal figure he has always needed.
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Wonderful debut feature from director Samuel Collardey looking at a young man apprenticing at a farm near the Swiss border. The young man unsure of his future vocation finds a potential father figure to try to compensate for his own upbringing. The film is quite pastoral and expertly shot and weaves some magic over the viewer in its depiction of nature and work. The mostly unprofessional cast excel.
8/10! Impeccable direction, authentic performances by amateur actors, the chemistry between Paul and Matthieu is that of a genuine father - son relationship. A rare coming of age pseudo-documentary and an honest depiction of the life of a farmer.
We all experience loss. We can all help. Some are better positioned to offer help than others. This film has a tonne of heart. A young boy requires guidance. A quiet farmer struggles to help despite this drudging up past tragedy. All this in the immeasurable beauty of rural France.
Un sencillo relato de aprendizaje que tiene su mayor baza en ofrecernos un retrato muy cercano de la agricultura actual y de la preparación para trabajar en ella, tópicos poco trabajados en este tipo de cine.
Reminded me of Pialat's 'L'enfance nue' a lot, but also surely other great, classic social realist films about boys going through puberty.
Clearly, at the age of 15 it's not only Mathieu's voice that is changing. Bulle is incredible to examine and discover - highlighting the boy's solitude & struggles, while never downplaying his strengths nor dreams. Poetry hidden in plain sight about lost fathers & wandering sons.