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The first feature film by the Quebecer explores to the extreme the variations and detours of the relationship between two teenagers, brilliantly interpreted.
“Elsewhere, otherwise”, this psy mantra of unblocking relocation runs full blast throughout of the first feature film of Charlotte LeBon where Bastien, a young Parisian on vacation with his parents, still very young in shorts at first, will be transfigured, for better and for worse, during a summer vacation on the lake in Canada. Like Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Bastien is first seen in the sulky position in the back seat of his car, who doesn’t particularly care to go where the parents go with the dubious greed of city dwellers raving about the smallest blade of grass. Upon arrival, the house in the woods is plunged into darkness and a strange smell wafts through the overcrowded rooms. The place is not unsanitary but it is in its own juice, let’s say, witness to a fad of returning to nature which is above all synonymous with mosquito bites and faulty internet coverage.
Maddening relationship woven with challenges
There, the teenager is confronted with the enigmatic Chloe, daughter of his mother’s best friend, who welcomes them to this questionable Eden with stormy weather and where the days flow in the metallic shine.