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249 Ratings

Being 17

Quand on a 17 ans

Directed by André Téchiné
France, 2016
Drama, LGBT+


Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.

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Being 17 Directed by André Téchiné
It’s a celebration of their connection as a series of discoveries and hard truths. Becoming attuned to one’s intellectual and sexual identity takes time, and Techiné gives them both the necessary space. “I’m proud you’re sensitive,” Marianne tells Damien, hitting the preverbal nail on the head.
November 29, 2016
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Witnessing Téchiné carve his novelistic impulse down to its rawer, handheld essence… has been to watch a senior artist push through to the other side and find a new, exhilarating freshness. In no film is this more apparent than in Being 17, his latest, one of the most underrated and underseen of 2016. More than even the narratively expansive The Witnesses, it’s here the Téchiné of the ’90s meets the Téchiné of now, resulting in a kind of Wild Reeds for 2016. It is equally great.
November 18, 2016
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Precisely observant, getting physical with his characters’ bodies, Téchiné still resonates with a life force and its joys and heartaches.
October 21, 2016
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