“Teenagers” – a controversial French movie – Los Angeles film report

“Teenagers” – a controversial French movie – Los Angeles film report

LA audiences will get the opportunity to view a controversial and prize-winning film from France. “Teenagers” will screen at Arena Cinema in Hollywood for one week only, starting February 8, 2013.

Its accolades include an award for Best Feature Film at the California Film Awards (San Diego) and the Bronze Palm at the Mexico Film Festival, the Award of Merit at Indie Fest USA, and more.

On the other hand, called it “the worst film at Cannes.”

You be the judge.

It is written and directed by French director Paul Verhoeven. In the interest of full disclosure, this is not the Dutch-born filmmaker Paul Verhoeven of “Starship Troopers” and “Basic Instinct,” fame, but purportedly his French cousin (they even resemble each other!)

“Teenagers” is the story of a young boy abandoned and alone, who is raised by an older youth and bullied until they attain a regard for each other. As the younger lad, Lucas, grows older, he runs afoul politically of a terrorist organization, which sends a teen assassin, Said, to kill him. Instead, they bond.

In a subplot, another youth, Alexis, uses the examples of Lucas’ ideas and conduct to dissuade another youth, Brieuc, from committing suicide.

The film received praise on the festival circuit for its powerful themes of anti-bullying and preventing teen suicide.

Be advised – this feature contains some nudity and sexual content.

The cast includes Robert Castel, Simone Langlois,  Quentin Ladriere, Sullivan Leray and Geoffrey Lascombe.

“Teenagers.” A film by Paul Verhoeven (the other one).

Presented by Forever Productions.

In French with English subtitles.

Running time 2 hours 34 minutes.

Screening at Arena Cinema

1625 N. Las Palmas Ave.,

Hollywood, CA 90028.

***Audience entrance in rear.

Parking available in adjacent lot ($5 with validation).


February 8- February 14, 2013.

Mon. through Fri. at 7:45 p.m.,

Sat. and Sun. at 5:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Admission: $10.

(323) 306-0676.

Online ticketing here.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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