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.
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.
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.
Film semplice e delicato. Lo stile è quello del "docufilm" intitolato Essere e Avere di Nicolas Philibert. Una volta entrati nel ritmo del film, il racconto della crescita di questo adolescente è toccante senza mai essere retorico: bello! Simple and tactful. The style reminds me a lot the movie "Etre et avoir" by Philibert. Once you get into the rhythm, the story about this teenager is touching without rhethoric.