Our review of the High School student: goodbye sadness

Juliette Binoche and Paul Kircher (Lucas) in The High school student. Jean-Louis Fernandez

CRITICISM – Christophe Honoré pursues his melancholy and autobiographical vein by evoking the brutal mourning of a young fatherless boy and the ensuing emancipation.

We are not happy when we are 17 years old. Especially when you lose your father, like Lucas, the high school student in Christophe Honoré’s new feature film. That of the filmmaker dies when he is 15 years old. The director, also a theater director, evoked it last spring in The Sky of Nantes. A highly autobiographical piece. A family portrait in which the father is a secondary character, or rather absent, whose disappearance is an immeasurable pain. From set to screen, Honoré picks up the thread of his personal story and this missing father figure.

Honoré, 52, stealthily plays his own father. Or rather the ghost of his father, here a dental technician at the bottom of a valley, killed in a car accident. To play the high school student he was, the filmmaker chose Paul Kircher, loose curls and an irresistible smile. A charm. Lucas is both the young man that was Honoré and a boy of today. Cell phones and Covid-19 masks…

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