by Paul Verhoeven
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.
It is written and directed by French director Paul Verhoeven.
Please Note: Not the Dutch-born filmmaker Paul Verhoeven of “Starship Troopers” and “Basic Instinct,” fame, but his French cousin.
“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 and is in French. Not rated.
Running time 2 hours 34 minutes.
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.
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