The Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents French film series Coming of Age. From the fifties to today, in high and low places, this series presents contrasted views of the tumultuous time that is adolescence, between growth and challenges.
Swagger by Olivier Babinet
2016 – France – 84 min
January 10 | 7:00 p.m
Swagger takes us into the minds of eleven children and adolescents who are growing up within some of France’s most underprivileged housing projects. Shot in bold colors, with a score by Jean-Benoît Dunckel of French electronic duo Air, the film shows us the world through these kids’ singular and unexpected gazes and their funny and incisive thoughts. By using a mosaic of encounters and by mixing genres, even musicals and science fiction, Swagger gives life to the words and fantasies of thise often overlooked side of French youth. Because, despite the difficulties of their lives, they have dreams and ambitions. And no one can take this away from them.
The 400 Blows / Les 400 coups by François Truffaut
1959 – France – 93 min
January 24 | 7:00 p.m
Paris, late fifties. Antoine Doinel is a misunderstood adolescent that cannot do anything right. His parents and teachers have labelled him a troublemaker. His challenging home life and disciplinary issues at school lead to his repeated running away and eventually quitting school. He lands in a home for troubled youths where psychiatrists attempt to understand his behavior. This classic, inspired by Truffaut’s own childhood, is recognized as one of the major films of the French New Wave.
We Did It on a Song / Chante ton bac d’abord by David André
2013 – France – 82 min
February 7 | 7:00 p.m
The city of Boulogne-sur-mer was badly hurt by the financial crisis; yet its youth still hangs on to the future and sings its hope, dreams and hardships. This documentary follows high school seniors for their last year before entering the real world, with original songs written and performed by its unlikely heroes.
Camille Rewinds / Camille Redouble by Noémie Lvovsky
2012 – France – 115 min
February 21 | 7:00 p.m
Madly in love with Eric, Camille gets pregnant at 16. 25 years later, Eric leaves her for a younger woman. On New Year’s Eve, Camille finds herself thrown back into the past, with her adult mind and memories. She gets the chance to re-live her adolescence, and to decide what choices to make, and what to change… or not.