(out of 5)
A teenage boy is given a video camera as a present and becomes obsessed with filming everybody and everything in his life, sometimes to the delight of his friends and family, other times to their grave annoyance. The entire film is seen from the point of view of the boy’s camera, and through his filmed interactions with his mother and grandmother, his loafing around with his best friend and his own practice sessions at the ice rink where he is getting ready for a figure skating competition, we get to know this young man and begin to understand his burgeoning awareness of his own sexuality (figure skating, people). A growing crush on his mother’s boyfriend and even deeper feelings for his ladies’-man best friend point to trouble, but this film manages to delve into poignant emotional recesses without indulging in any kind of ridiculous dramatic hysteria. The film is impressively believable (it’s very hard to tell that the situations are scripted and the figures are actors) and surprisingly enjoyable; the characters are far too sympathetic and amiable for you to mind watching that most horrific of horrors, other people’s home movies.
Screenplay by Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Produced by Nicolas Blanc
Music by Philippe Miller
Production Design by Juliette Chanaud
Costume Design by Juliette Chanaud
Film Editing by Sabine Mamou