28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Fanie Pelletier
original title: Jouvencelles
running time: 84 min.
synopsisThree groups of adolescent girl friends from Quebec are going through tough changes. The process of inventing their own bodies and identity are being recorded on the move by their smartphones and shared with their peers from other parts of the networked world. Due to their strong need of external confirmation, they alter their lives into a series of retouched pictures and videos. The film camera, however, captures their feelings of void, loneliness and deep inner insecurities that are not so attractive for Periscope, TikTok or Instagram. An intimate portrait of adolescence is made with full comprehension of experiencing and self-presentation in a generation growing up on the brink of the real and virtual worlds.
“It's easier to talk to your phone than it is to talk to people.”
biographyCanadian documentary filmmaker and editor Fanie Pelletier graduated in social sciences and filmmaking. Her short film Faded Photograph (2016), a revelation of her father’s life story, has been screened and awarded at several festivals. Her documentary Bloom, which similarly to her previous films treats the issue of representation in the context of social structures, is her feature debut.
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