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19 Ratings

Young Solitude

Premières solitudes

Directed by Claire Simon
France, 2018


In Young Solitude, Claire Simon creates a cinematographic space for open, intimate discussion together with pupils from a school in the Paris suburbs.

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Young Solitude Directed by Claire Simon

Critics reviews

Aside from commiseration with peers, those ever-present earbuds offer their own trusty companionship, and play a role in an elating early scene, in which one of the girls dances in a stairwell to the Bollywood hit “Gun Gun Guna,” her pink scarf matching the bannister paint in a touch that Jacques Demy might admire.
January 18, 2019
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While I found myself won over by the appealing youths in Simon’s film, I still wondered why, despite similar backstories of divorced or otherwise unavailable parents, there was hardly a coarse or embittered soul among them. . . . Reservations aside, Simon’s work provokes us to sharpen our perceptions of all encounters, on screen and off.
January 09, 2019
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Simon elicits discussions of a novelistic depth; her assertive images give the students’ words physical impact.
January 04, 2019
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