Four years after Girl, the moving portrait of a transgender teenager selected for Un certain regard at Cannes in 2018 and who left the Croisette with the Camera d’Or and the Queer Palm for its young director of 27 years as well as the Interpretation prize for his actor Victor Polster, the Belgian Lukas Dhont returns with a moving new feature film, this time presented in official competition at the Cannes festival last May. He won the Grand Prix, tied with Stars At Noon by Claire Denis. In Close, Dhont portrays Léo and Rémi, two 13-year-old teenagers linked by a sweet and close friendship. They are inseparable, sharing their games and their bed. But perceived as ambiguous by their new classmates, their tenderness will crumble and Léo, who can’t stand the insinuations, will do everything to get away from Rémi. Until the unthinkable. Read also -> Girl, the moving portrait of a transgender teenager, is available on Arte For this second feature film, Lukas Dhont broke away from the theme of the identity and sexual quest among adolescents to focus on friendship and the weight of guilt. Carried by a duo of impressive young actors and two mothers impeccably written and magnificently interpreted by Léa Drucker and Émilie Dequenne, Close is a film that is both painful, tender and modest. It will be released in theaters on November 1, 2022.
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