Director: Shalimar Preuss

83 Minutes, France, 2012

Several interrelated families are on holiday on the sunny Île de Ré, off France’s west coast. The assembled children, ranging widely in age, pass their lazy summer days with sailing, games of checkers, and explorations of the island’s varying terrain.

Standing apart from the group is surly 17-year-old Maden (Lou Aziosmanoff), who has a secret – she is exchanging love letters with a much older inmate in the local prison. Inevitably, Maden’s cache of letters is discovered, and the children’s relationships become strained.

Unfolding at a deliberate pace, Shalimar Preuss’ sensitive film is a sympathetic portrayal of teenage restlessness and curiosity. (KC)

Director’s Note: The natural aura of the children is delicately portrayed in this profound observation of family relations.

This film is screening as part of the First-Time Directors strand of the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival (November 20th – December 1st 2013).

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