Ciné-Club: Quand on a 17 ans

Ciné-Club: Quand on a 17 ans

Sunday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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From bully to bestie - to something more? For the first week in our series on queer French film, we'll be looking at Andrê Techiné's provincial coming of age film about the tensions between adolescent desires of resentment and desire. Join us as we discuss: 

Quand on a 17 ans ("Being 17", 2016)

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Damien and Thomas do not get along. Both outcasts in their own right, a growing animosity brews between the two teenagers as Thomas begins to pick fights with Damien during the school day for seemingly no reason, tormenting the boy and even pushing him to pursue self-defense classes. But when Thomas' mother falls drastically ill, Damien's parents take pity on their son's bully, whose splintered home is 90 minutes away from the school, and invite the troubled teen to live with them. Now forced to live under the same roof, Damien and Thomas must shoulder their aggression to get along - but is there something more than just resentment between them? As the pair learn to live as brothers, the bonds that they form may speak to something more than juvenile competition - what is the true nature of their relationship? 

A taut character drama set in the Pyrénées, Quand on a 17 ans is an intimate portrayal of the ambuigity of adolescent passions. So sayeth the Rimbaud quote where the movie takes it title - On n'est pas sérieux quand on a dix-sept ans. Co-written by Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Girlhood)this is a queer coming-of-age story with a heart of gold. Let's talk about it! 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and has written on cinema for the politics revue, Toquevillle21.