Jean-François Caissy spends time with some of the troublemakers at a rural Quebec high school over the course of a full calendar year in this strictly observational look at largely at risk kids in a community with precious little to do outside of smoking dope, doing burnouts on wooden bridges, and attempting unambitious skateboarding stunts.
Some of the subjects being interviewed only by off camera administrators at the school are interesting (a girl who has really twisted logic about being a bully, an intelligent teen sick of being harassed by the cops), and others puzzlingly chosen. A midpoint decision to show kids on summer break looks gorgeous, but adds nothing new or all that relevant. There’s some good stuff in here that’s quite artfully done, but it feels like a project that kind of got away from Caissy. It wants to tell a message, ape Frederick Wiseman’s High School, and be a picturesque work of art all at the same time without ever fully committing to any of them. (Andrew Parker)
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