A young woman finds out she is condemned to gradually lose her sight while spending her summer vacation at a beach resort. While her mother Maud has vowed to make Ava’s month of holidays an unforgettable experience, Ava decides to take a another route.
One of the best debuts of the year lands on MUBI! Premiering in Cannes in May, Mysius’ beguiling exploration of female sexuality and teenage fears is a life-affirming, infectious blend of ravishing colors, whimsical humor and the dreamy melancholy of a transformative summer. Bonus: that soundtrack!
Absolutely wonderful film about the resilience and fantasy of young people on the verge of adulthood. Once again a film that shows that you can take common themes – last summer, sexual awakening etc. – and still give them a fresh look. “Ava” is told in adorably non-realistic style, almost like a fairy-tale, with beautiful pictures and imaginative sound design. And Noeé Abita is the perfect Ava.
Teenage is a tough time, even more for 13 yo Ava who discovers during her summer holiday, that she will lose her sight. The young actors Noée Abita and Juan Cano are just perfect. Their naturalness, their youthful beauty are beautifully and sensitively captured by Lea Mysius. Radiant cinematography by Paul Guilhaume. (And I was saying to a friend that modern French cinema was usually not very striking visually...)
This is a very surprising coming of age story. As if Lord of the Flies and The Blue Lagoon clashed in the bely of civilization. One idea of Agostinho da Silva comes to mind: that the true Good Savages are children. The coming of age is quite surprising since teen rage and outlawfulness never becomes nihilist, on the contrary. When it is directed at adults and "their" society, an idealism spurs: innocence.
îmbrățișat de către lumina soarelui în vară, imaginația unei fată indisciplinată se colorează în irizat, chiar dacă lumea ei o să fie vopsită în negru mai întunecat decât beznă. Acest film coming-of-age e despre o vară de neuitat a fatei. Capricios și temerar, în plus, asta câine draguț! // 夏の陽光に抱かれながら、少女の想像力は極彩色を帯びていく。例え彼女の世界が闇より暗い黒に染め上げられるとしても。今作は少女の忘れられない夏を追った青春映画だ。自由で大胆、そしてあの可愛い犬ったら！
This is the rare case where a film manages to overcome a mediocre story and create something expressive, honest and emotional. It's a film about youth, self-discovery, love, desperation. But above all, it's a story of a romantic escape - go, live, with someone (both literally and figuratively). Beautifully shot with gorgeous colour processing, fantastic music and sound, great performances. Truly moving and memorable.
Genç film yapımcısı Julian, ironik bir şekilde yönetmen Julian Radlmaier’in kendisi tarafından oynandığı bu filmde, genç bir expat kadına aşık olur ve ona komunist peri masal filminde öncü bir rol teklif eder.