- Queer Screen Film Feast, Adelaide 2017
- Past Festivals
- My Queer Career Archive
A realistic tale of two teenagers who mask their growing sexual attraction with apparent vehement dislike. The burgeoning romance and stunning French mountain scenery is beautifully captured by André Téchiné (Wild Reeds, The Witnesses).
Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein) and Thomas (Corentin Fila), both loners, do not get along at their school at the foot of the Pyrenees. Thomas resents Damien, who lives in the town and seems entitled, while Damien feels superior to Thomas, who struggles with schoolwork and travels from a farm in the mountains every day. The boys are thrown together when Damien's mother, in an attempt to help out, suggests Thomas temporarily moves in so he can focus on his schoolwork by cutting his travel time.
With both lead actors bringing both intensity and innocence to their roles, the erotic tension between these young men is never far from the surface as they square off over the course of the film; their connection often punctuated by acts of violence.
This is a brooding, thoughtful exploration of what it's like to be in those late teen years, when the whole world could be your oyster, your hormones and emotions are everything, and that hot classmate a few seats back is never far from your thoughts.
Being 17 won the International Grand Jury Prize at Outfest 2016.
"Something quite extraordinary... An uncommonly moving teen film, conveying with great restraint the boys' loneliness, fear, longing and magnetic attraction in moments so tender and private you almost feel like an intruder." – The Hollywood Reporter
"A touching drama about raging hormones, bullying and sexual awakening - and the strongest film in many years by the post-New Wave French director André Téchiné." – The New York Times
"[For a film that] truly is about being 17... this vibrant portrait feels like something of a revelation." – Variety
Screens with short film: Outspoken