Benjamin Bucher & Agnese Làposi
Switzerland, France, 23 min
“Boys only think about sleeping” proclaims Lea to Saxana, loud enough to wake up Jonas, dozing next to her on the bus that is taking them to the destination of their school trip. From the pool to the lake, from the mountain to the countryside, from the campsite to the farm, the three friends fluctuate in their own way within the group and face up in turn to the challenge of being oneself in front of other people. On the fringes of the official programme organised by the adults, they succeed in turning this trip into an opportunity to explore the strengths and fragilities of the friendship that connects them—faced with the complex group and gender dynamics that reign outside their trio. Benjamin Bucher (Chasseurs VdR 2019) and Agnese Làposi's film tenderly draws a portrait of three teenagers today in their different moments of representation and revelation before their friends and themselves. With benevolence and modesty, the camera infiltrates the intimacy of their gestures, games and conversations and, in these, manages to capture this particular state that is adolescence.