A bold and inventive coming-of-age tale with a difference.


Dir-Scr Léa Mysius
Prod Jean-Louis Livi, Fanny Yvonnet
With Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano
Sales BAC Films

A teenage girl explores her sexuality whilst battling with the onset of blindness in this bold and provocative coming-of-age story. On vacation with her mother and baby sister, strong-willed 13-year-old Ava discovers she has a degenerative condition that will result in the imminent loss of her eyesight. Her mother is determined to make the most of their family holiday, carrying on as if nothing is wrong. But Ava has other ideas. Right from its eye-popping opening moments on a crowded, sun-drenched Cote d’Azur beach, Léa Mysius’ hypnotic debut offers up some of this year’s most arresting images – its richly rendered colour palette often at odds with the thematic darkness of the story. Recalling the playful rebelliousness of early François Ozon or the confrontational sexual politics of Catherine Breillat, this drolly acerbic portrait of impudent adolescence is every bit as daring, unruly and unexpected as its young heroine deserves.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Léa Mysius, Director

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