Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)


Critic Consensus: Being 17 rides the roiling emotions of adolescence through a coming-of-age melodrama whose narrative turbulence smartly reflects the confusion of its protagonists.


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Damien, the son of a military family, lives in barracks in south-western France with his mother, a doctor, while his father is away in the Central African Republic. As a gay teenager, Damien is given a hard time by a boy at school, Tom, whose adoptive mother falls ill. The repulsion and violence they display to one another takes on a darker shade when Damien's mother decides to take in Tom to live with them.

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Sandrine Kiberlain
as Marianne Delille
Kacey Mottet Klein
as Damien Delille
Corentin Fila
as Thomas Charpoul
Alexis Loret
as Nathan Delille
Jean Fornerod
as Jacques Charpoul
Mama Prassinos
as Christine Charpoul
Remi Garcia
as Le Proviseur
Maite Arraiza
as La Prof de Français
François Gaillard
as La Prof de Maths
Nicole Ellkesir
as Prof d'histoire geographie 1
Didier Hougarou
as Prof d'histoire geographie 2
Gerard Labelle
as Le prof de sport
Christelle Ripa
as La prof d'espagnol
Vanessa Duran
as La prof de chimie
Julien Pichon
as Le surveillant
Elian Bannoura
as Le Colonel
Tamara De Leener
as L'assistante sociale
Candice Rousseau
as Eleve cours de français
Morgane Sachot
as Eleve cours de français
Celia Paludetto
as Eleve cours d' espagnol
Hubert Rollet
as Le general
Tanneguy Arnaud
as L'ordonnance
Sylvie Bachy
as Employee Pompes Funebres
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (15)

If you can buy into the premise, good luck to you. I didn't.

Dec 1, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The screenplay is marred by clumsy foreshadowing and other contrivances, but Téchiné and Sciamma have tapped into something genuine: the deep confusion at the dawn of sexuality.

Dec 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Age in Being 17 comes in awkward bursts, and yet the film moves sublimely. Director Téchiné, 73 years old, is wise beyond his years.

Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What elevates the film is not just its beautiful setting in the French Pyrenees but also how the beautiful mountain exteriors serve as a metaphor for characters' inner lives.

Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Few filmmakers have portrayed the messy reality of human desire and sexuality as consistently, as elegantly, and as powerfully as André Téchiné.

Nov 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Overwrought, confused, and melodramatic, it reflects well what it's like being 17.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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