Sun Oct 29, 11:45 AM
Director: Michaël Dichter
95 minutes

A poignant drama from one of France’s rising directorial talents.

Twelve-year-olds Max, Tom and Viv are more than just mates – they are an unbreakable band of brothers. Escaping the schoolyard drama of bullies and would-be girlfriends, the boys retreat to the woods to make music, swim and dream of attending a camp that seems painfully out of reach. As the town grapples with economic hardships, with industrial action and the imminent closure of the main employer casting a shadow over everyone, the boys' financial struggles only amplify. Their juvenile attempts to raise funds through a door-to-door bake sale prove insufficient as the deadline for camp payment looms near. So when Max’s older brother comes home from jail, bringing mayhem with him, Max drags his friends into a high stakes cash-making scheme, putting them all at risk. With stellar performances throughout, this fresh French drama captivates as it tells a compelling tale of friendship, determination and the power of youthful dreams.

Michaël Dichter

Michaël Dichter has directed short films Pollux (2018) and Boys Feels: I Love Trouble (2021) prior to his first feature film The Fantastic Three. He has several acting credits including feature film Telle Mère, Telle Fille (2017) directed by Noémie Saglio, in which he plays the male lead alongside Camille Cottin and Juliette Binoche.

Premiere Australian Premiere
Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand (Port) Adelaide Film Festival, AFF Youth & Families
Language French
Subtitles English
Director Michaël Dichter
Producer Alice Girard, Edouard Weil, Marine Lepaulmier, Noël Fuzellier, Philippe Wendling
Writer Michaël Dichter, Matthias Gavarry, Judith Godinot
Cinematographer Maxime Cointe
Editor Sarah Ternat
Music Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli
Cast Diego Murgia, Benjamin Tellier, Jean Devie, Emmanuelle Bercot, Raphaël Quenard
Genre Children, Coming of Age, Crime, Drama, Family, Teenager, Youth/Teen