Being 17

Being 17

DVD - 2017 | French
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Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can't stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien's mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Strand Releasing,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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voisjoe1_0
Nov 11, 2017

A very fine tale of two highschoolers, age 17, trying to determine their next stage in life after high school. Director Andre Techine who came to prominence in films right after the French New Wave, releases another of his complex films, where you really never know which aspect of the characters' lives will be central in the film. Or maybe they all are central.

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Nursebob
Jul 22, 2017

Not much rings true in this opposites attract scenario, neither the ongoing pissing contest between the boys nor the abrupt switch to affectionate giggles (as Winter turns to Spring…awww!) nor even their first fumble screw beneath Bowie's Aladdin Sane poster. Furthermore a wholly predictable tragicomic ending is as fabricated as Damien’s loud and flowery “My Dream is Alive” t-shirt. Derivative and much too long. First gay love presented as a chick flick.

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CoachTheresa
Jun 08, 2017

Portrayal of the relationship between two 17-year-old young men who began as hating each other's guts, yet thry discovered along the way they both had a deep yet unfulfilled longing for an intimate relationship with their own fathers. These two ended up as gay partners. This is a movie made by a gay director for a gay audience.

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tonsoffun
Apr 10, 2017

Movie was good but I am adding my comment for anyone that really likes stunning winter scene imagery. The film location is awesome if your somewhat isolationist and into cold weather.

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LEE M OLSEN
Apr 09, 2017

One of the best gay coming of age movies: two teens take an instant dislike to each other at school in a mountainous region of France. Developments over a full year are not the usual or predictable. Acting by the entire cast is excellent, especially the two leads. Director Techine is also responsible for another excellent gay coming of age film: WILD REEDS, some 10 years ago.

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