What happens when you add unchecked boredom to economically struggling adolescents? Some band together with affectionate wisecracks against peers, in an effort to prove one's ego. Others shy away from being social, reading books or entertaining themselves to forget about their depressing reality. Still others keep pushing boundaries such as sex or drugs, in their effort to find some comfort in a cruel world.
Jacques Doillon's latest film, Petits Frères, takes us through the daily adventures of a cross section of poor teenagers on the fringes of Parisian society. Shot with the touch of a documentarian eye, it is a fond portrait of kids who are forced to grow up too fast.
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