Programmed by Jérémie Jorrand
Claire Simon portrays an important time for any individual, from 16 to 18 years of age. Set in the Paris suburbs in high school (for those lucky enough to go), teenagers chat after and even during class, sitting in the hallway or outside on a bench, looking at the city below them. Claire Simon sets up a cinematic dialog with the teens, speaking about their personal history, their family, but also passions and loneliness. At this age, they start thinking about leaving their family, when there is one, and even run away from it when it’s completely broken. Being by itself can bring as many good things as bad ones. This film becomes a place where they search and discuss the meaning of all this.
“Unusual conversations between 11th grade students”
The film’s main principle appears in the opening credits of “Young Solitude”: by staging and listening to the words of high school students, Claire Simone encourages their encounters and draws out their secrets. These unusual conversations are for our eyes and ears, of course, but they also seem to be “for real”. Had Tessa and Lisa, for example, already discussed their parents? It’s the artificiality itself of these staged discussions between the teenagers (a bit like improvisation sequences) that makes it possible to beat a path towards each person’s truth. It’s what makes them reveal themselves, sum themselves up, and makes them get the words out when sometimes they remain stuck inside. And these unique lives are poignant… how do we manage to cope? How do we talk with our fathers, give love a chance or go straight when we’ve been built slightly crooked?
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