On the cusp of adolescence, Leo and Remi spend their carefree summer building an intimate bond of friendship, but as their days of bicycle rides through dappled flower farms and cuddling sleepovers fade into the school year, their closeness is scrutinized and called out by their classmates. Remi is unfazad, determined to stay true to their friendship, while Leo is angry and distraught, pulling away from Remi out of self-conscious fear and taking up ice hockey to distance himself from his best friend. As the rift between them widens into an irreparable, tragic rupture, Leo struggles through feelings of guilt and responsibility for his betrayal, and connects with Remi’s mother, Sophie, in the hopes of making sense of the world he now lives in.
Director Lukas Dhont captures Leo and Remi’s boyhood with gentle vision of youth and innocence, exploring the fragile nature of friendship and masculinity in this stunningly lyrical tour de force.
Close won the Grand Prix award at Cannes last year and Belgium nominated the film for Oscars.
Ticket can be bought in advance here or at Kai Art Center before the screening.
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Director: Lukas Dhont
Language: Dutch, French
Subtitle Language: English