LÉA MYSIUS | 2017 | France | French | 105 MIN
Cast: Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano, Tamara Cano
One of the breakouts of 2017’s Cannes Film Festival, Léa Mysius’s debut feature is an invigorating addition to the coming-of-age canon. Ava follows its titular 13-year-old heroine (Noée Abita) as she whiles away her summer vacation in a sleepy beachside town, frequently stuck babysitting her sister and sparring with their flighty single mom (Laure Calamy). Ava’s typical teenage angst is exacerbated by the fact that she’s been diagnosed with a degenerative eye disorder that is slowly robbing her of her sight. Determined to grab hold of life while she still can, Ava becomes infatuated with a troublemaking runaway named Juan (Juan Cano), eventually joining him in youthful rebellion that’s both thrilling and increasingly illegal. With its sun-baked palette and deeply-felt performances, Mysius’s film perfectly evokes the feeling of being young, mixed-up, and hopelessly in love.
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