Director: Fabrice Gobert

93 minutes • France • 2010

First shown in the Un Certain Regard strand of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Fabrice Gobert’s debut feature is an elliptical and subtly disturbing portrait of the group dynamics between students at a French high school following the mysterious disappearance of one of their friends. Subsequently, more students go missing, and rumours and speculation run wild. Reminiscent of Australian drama 2:37 (2006), the film is structured to recount events from a number of different perspectives, teasingly parcelling out information that constantly wrong-foots the viewer, but retains its enigmatic air by never providing the whole story of each character’s interaction with the others, leaving us to draw our own conclusions about the truth of their relationships. Sonic Youth provides a typically angular and perhaps surprisingly melodic score.<

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