Sois jeune et tais-toi (2003)

  |  Short

Paris 17, on a Sunday afternoon in the summer. Eleven-year-old Jean joins his two faithful friends to play fast and loose in the almost deserted streets. As they wander through the streets,... See full summary »


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14 March 2020 | guy-bellinger
| Then what?
A bizarre short film, whose author's point, at least in this writer's eyes, is unclear.

What we are given to see, and that is nothing new, three boys playing fast and loose in the streets of Paris. Bad tricks galore, meh... The only originality consists of a more or less dreamlike sequence in which two of the rascals start to play "Cinna" in an empty theater before a female figure suffused with an unreal light appears and starts dancing with Jean, the little hero, in her arms. Original, of course, but I personally did not perceive its relevance. This series of scenes, meant to be poetic, in fact just left me perplexed. Allegory of the ideal mother? But then why does Olivier Torrès show us, during the final meal, the little boy's mother as attentive and interested in the story of her little boy. In reality, it is the father who is the problem. Violent, he hits Jean before attacking his wife. Then what?

"Sois jeune et tais-toi" (Be Young and Shut up) is well directed by Olivier Torres and well played by its young cast but what exactly does the director mean? Personally, I do not get his point.


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1 December 2003



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Paris 17, Paris, France

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