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296 Ratings

Being 14

À 14 ans

Directed by Hélène Zimmer
France, 2015


The lives and turbulent adventures of a bunch of fourteen-year-old teenagers, through the eyes of three young girls—Sarah, Jade and Louise—with one last year to go before high school.

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Being 14 Directed by Hélène Zimmer

Awards & Festivals

Tribeca Film Festival

2015 | Special Mention: Nora Ephron Prize

Critics reviews

Shot in an ultra realist, handheld verité style that feels lifted from Maurice Pialat, the movie is a remarkably vivid portrait of adolescent, French, female friendship that at times almost feels more like a documentary about these girls than a fictional representation. Ultimately though, it doesn’t offer anything surprising in form or content, and feels like a safe effort.
April 20, 2015
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Zimmer’s direction may appear laissez faire, but it’s confident in its observation on the cycle of friendships and how teenagers treat each other in order to feel superior. Throughout, no laugh, sneer, pout, or text message appears to go unnoticed by Zimmer’s long takes, which are acutely keyed to the lives of these badly mannered kids.
April 18, 2015
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It’s a film that feels closer to truth than fiction, and in that sense the performances come off as entirely natural, with Zimmer doing an excellent job directing a largely amateur cast. They talk and act just like French kids their age should — as terrifying as that may sound with so many f-bombs (or p-bombs, if you’re talking about “putain”) being tossed off like definite articles at the start of each sentence.
February 25, 2015
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