Programmed by Caroline Châtelet
Paris. From Charlie Hebdo’s attacks to the presidential elections, a journey into the night with young people who don’t sleep. Their dreams, nightmares, drunkenness, softness, boredom and tears. The parties, coffee terraces, jobs, the amnesia, their future. 2015, 2016, 2017 : our time.
“‘Les pocks’ is the sound you make when you get beaten with a baton!” This is one of the film’s opening sentences, and the statement says a lot about some young people’s relationship with their era. An era where blows are received, both literally and figuratively, and also delivered with varying degrees of violence depending on the recipient’s origins and address… An era where carefreeness has disappeared, and Matthieu Bareyre has replaced questions about happiness – asked a few decades earlier by directors Chris Marker, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin – with others about the fear and uncertainty of the future. Nevertheless, although the entire film is shot through with violence and political deadlocks, youth emerges for what it is: diverse, with varying paths and ambitions, but always driven by a ferocious vitality.
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