DFT @ Home | Slalom
(France/2020—directed by Charlène Favier)
This riveting, Cannes Film Festival-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. As she racks up success under his influence, Lyz has to endure the physical and emotional pressure of elite training and figure out how to escape the mental and physical grip of power and abuse from a predatory coach. In French with English subtitles. (92 minutes)
“Everything about this hard-hitting film is restrained, like a breath tightly held, and all the more powerful for it.” – Nikki Baughan, Empire Magazine
“This tense, bone-chilling first feature looks at how teenage girls are often punished for their boldness.” - Simran Hans, The Observer (UK)
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