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Dour working-class 16-year-old Alex (Félix Lefebvre) is being questioned by police about what we are led to believe is the murder of his lover and best friend, 18-year-old David (Benjamin Voisin). Cue the flashbacks to a heady, beachside summer romance between the two, which begins when David rescues Alex from a capsized sailboat and blossoms into an earth-shaking first love - for Alex at least. For the fatherless, thrill-seeking, and very bourgeois David, coddled since birth by his eccentric mother (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), it seems to be no more than a game…

Based on the British YA author Aidan Chambers’ 1982 novel Dance on My Grave, VIFF favourite François Ozon’s nostalgic look back to the mid-80s, when he himself was a gay teen coming out, is a romantic, sexy, and ultimately tragic coming-of-age tale awash in gorgeous colour, sunny locations, and eye-popping period fashions. Anchored by fine performances from Lefebvre and Voisin, two relative unknowns destined for great things, this is simply a treat.

"Effervescent… reminds us what makes the Ozon touch so unique." - Peter Debruge, Variety

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François Ozon

 
Cast
Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Nanty
Producer Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
Screenwriter François Ozon
Cinematographer Hichame Alaouie
Editor Laure Gardette
Production Design Benoît Barouh
Music Jean-Benoît Dunckel
Production Company Mandarin Production, FOZ
Source Axia Films Inc.
France 2020 100 min. French with English subtitles Variety review | Hollywood Reporter review
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