An ultra-naturalistic slice of rocky adolescent life that combines violence, sensuality, wrenching loss, and tender discovery. Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein) and Thomas (newcomer Corentin Fila) have an intense, almost instinctual dislike for one another. Increased testosterone and unspoken feelings have created a rivalry they find difficult to understand. Though both boys are loners at their high school in southern France, their similar social status does nothing to endear one to the other. Thomas sees Damien as a spoiled know-it-all, while Damien views Thomas as a brainless bully.
However, when Damien’s physician mother, Marianne (the wonderful Sandrine Kiberlain) makes a house call to the mountain farm owned by Thomas’ adopted family, she finds herself inviting Thomas to live with them while his ailing mother recovers in the hospital. Forced to live in close quarters, will the boys clash and fight continuously or is there something more simmering under all that posturing? Will the attraction felt by Marianne toward Thomas be acted upon despite the fact he is the same age as her son?
Director André Téchiné (THE WITNESSES, WILD REEDS) and co-writer Céline Sciamma (GIRLHOOD, TOMBOY) coax marvelous, naturalistic performances from their stellar cast. Kacey Mottet Klein and Corentin Fila have an electric chemistry, capturing both the roiling masculinity and youthful confusion that fuels their conflicting desires.