A portrait of a young gay man discovering something of his own desires and identity on a summer break at the family holiday home in the south of France.
Director Andrew Steggall
Producers Pietro Greppi, Guillaume Tobo, Cora Palfrey
Screenwriter Andrew Steggall
With Juliet Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Phénix Brossard, Niamh Cusack
UK distribution Peccadillo Pictures
This brooding and stylish coming-of-age drama focuses on Elliot, a sensitive adolescent, as he and his mother return to their holiday home in rural southern France for one final time. When he meets Clément, a handsome and friendly local boy, Elliot sees the potential for love. But his mother, who is attempting to come to terms with the break-up of her marriage, appears to resent her son’s newfound friend. Andrew Steggall’s visually striking film offers many pleasurable moments amidst the tension between mother and son, including a beautifully shot late-night swim in a forbidden reservoir. And every small moment has an impact. Clément is mostly interested in rebuilding a motorcycle, while Elliot tries to write poetry. They should have nothing in common and yet they forge a tentative connection. This is an assured directorial debut from a talented filmmaker.