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Young Solitude

Directed by Claire Simon
France, Documentary, 2018, 100 mins., in French with English subtitles

Dates/Times:
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. (program concludes at 11:15 a.m.)
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (program concludes at 1:45 p.m.)
Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. (program concludes at 11:15 a.m.) CANCELLED

Location:
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. (inside the Portland Art Museum)


Themes & Subjects: French Culture, Adolescence, High School, Family Relations

Synopsis:  Documentary filmmaker Claire Simon returns for a third time to the subject of French school life in her latest feature Young Solitude. At the Lycée Romain Rolland in Ivry-sur-Seine, a modest suburb just south of Paris, young voices take the lead as a group eleventh-graders interview each other in an improvised format about love, family life (or lack thereof), and hopes for the future. Candid and thoughtful with a tinge of melancholy, the mostly working-class kids find comfort in sharing with each other: about a parents’ recent divorce, how one was adopted from Nigeria, longing for connection with a father, or getting by on one’s own. Rarely are adults featured or introduced, creating a safe space for these intimate glimpses into lives on the verge of adulthood.


Resources for teachers:

Filmmaker interview in English.

Short essay in French.

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