Is it a horror? Is it a comedy? Is it a melancholic coming-of-age drama? The superb directorial debut of Canadian actress Charlotte LeBon (Yves Saint Laurent) is, like first love, all three at once: scary, funny and sad.
14-year-old Bastien and his family are on holiday at a lakeside cabin in Quebec with an old friend of his mother's. More importantly, with her 16-year-old daughter, Chloe, an unsmiling teen with a morbid sense of humour, on whom Bastien immediately crushes very hard. The young cast are fantastic in this portent-laced genre mashup, in which Chloe's play-dead fantasies and ghost stories are one kind of menace, but for hesitant yet witty and self-possessed Bastien, it's the wet dreams and other mortifications of puppy love that are far more frightening.
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