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Led by Noée Abita's outstanding central performance, Slalom offers a moving account of oppression and abuse in the guise of mentorship. Read critic reviews

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This riveting, Cannes-selected #MeToo drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor, played by frequent Dardenne brothers collaborator Jérémie Renier. In a breakthrough role, Noée Abita plays 15-year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps who has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country's top professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. Under his influence, she will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz's determination help her escape Fred's exploitative grip?

Cast & Crew

Noée Abita
Lyz Lopez
Axel Auriant
Maximilien
Melle Tistounet
Team FL World Cup
Gaspard Couder
Team FL World Cup
Maxence Clément
Team FL World Cup
Marie Talon
Screenwriter
Yann Maritaud
Cinematographer
Maxime Pozzi-Garcia
Film Editor
Alexandre Lier
Original Music
Julie Wassef
Production Design
Judith de Luze
Costume Designer
Martin Rougier
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Critic Reviews for Slalom

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  • It's tough stuff, but worth it.

    April 15, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • By telling a story we've all heard a million times before (and perhaps even experienced first-hand to some degree) plainly and bravely, Charlène Favier reaches something urgent and devastating with her feature debut.

    April 9, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Slalom" has smart insights about our sports industrial complex, sexual misconduct within the system and the way teenagers are thrown into the fire and forced to fend for themselves.

    April 8, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Favier keeps a laser focus on Lyz's subjective experience, with a frank and unflinching eye on the moments both euphoric and gut-wrenching.

    April 8, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film is too rich and too human for any kind of categorization. But for all its beauty, it's also quite an unsettling watch - a delicate, authentic look at the complicated ways in which abuse works.

    April 8, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The writer and director, Charlène Favier, had previous experience as a competitive skier, and she is attentive to the textures of mountainside sports and how abuse plays out in this setting.

    April 8, 2021 | Full Review…

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