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Adolescents

This captivating coming-of-age documentary follows best friends Anaïs and Emma for five years of teenagehood.

Dir Sébastien Lifshitz
Prod Muriel Meynard
France
2019
135min
Sales Doc & Film International
With English subtitles

Born in a small, provincial French town, Anaïs and Emma have been best friends since childhood. It’s a friendship that’s blind to differences in social backgrounds and character. Given incredible access, Sébastien Lifshitz (The Invisibles, LFF 2013) painstakingly filmed Emma and Anaïs’ transformation over the years, during a period when their physical, emotional and intellectual development is dramatic. We first meet them aged 13, their lives are dominated by boys, teachers and arguing with their mums. But as we witness them near adulthood, their journey is both fascinating and surprisingly moving. At the same time, the influence of their environment and family circumstances becomes increasingly apparent. New experiences, everyday conversations and events both personal and political anchor the film, creating a uniquely textured and deeply personal portrait of two young French women.

Laure Bonville

Festival guests

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  • Sébastien Lifshitz, director.

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Filmmaker’s attendance made possible thanks to Unifrance.

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