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"FAUVE" by Jeremy Comte (Short Film)

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Edd Norval
November 29, 2018

In this film, recently premiered at Sundance, we see the story of two boys who face the coming of adulthood, that is the acceptance of death as part of life's package, in the harshest and most unforgettable terms.

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Since, and at, it's premiere, this short has picked up numerous awards for its starkly beautiful and brutal depiction of paradise and innocence lost. As young people, the world is large and we hope to explore it all. That means everything new is a lesson. If we eat a chocolate bar and we like it, we will probably buy it again. If we touch something hot or sharp, we won't go back to it, unless with a newly minted sense of caution.


Some lessons are only able to be taught once. Sometimes because we only need that one time, others because we have no choice. In this short film, two young boys, played by local schoolchildren, not actors, explore a desolate abandoned yard, climbing the skeletal remains of trains and venturing out into a dusty quarry.


Every stone is a competition of athletic prowess and anything that can be climbed will. Their infectious awe is a gentle kick in the teeth for those who have allowed themselves to be numbed by the coming of age. There are two world's in this - adults and children, us and them. When they overlap, the effect is emotionally devastating, wrought with a sense that once a certain line is crossed, it cannot be retraced. Montreal based director Comte chose to depict childhood as close to reality as it is, gritty and perilous, and to do so he evoked a dream-like aesthetic. Reality is often experienced most vividly through the moments of unreality.


It's no coincidence that this film was inspired by a dream, although in many ways it plays out as a deeply troubling, although cinematically glorious nightmare. One to watch. Both the film and the director's name.

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