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Slalom

Directed by Charlène Favier, 2020 France 92 minutes
18+
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A teenage competitive skier is drawn into the orbit of her domineering coach in this unflinching portrait of abuse and obsession. Cannes 2020.

The slalom – a winding, downhill ski race – is where 15-year-old Lyz feels most at home. Her talent at skiing is matched by a hunger to win, a quality quickly noticed by her infamously severe ski coach. As Lyz settles into an elite team of athletes, Slalom shifts from a sports drama to an urgent depiction of the ways in which powerful people can exploit their impressionable and ambitious charges. Reminiscent of Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, Charlène Favier handles the themes of this #MeToo drama with a searing frankness, reflecting Lyz’s emotional tumult in the lonely vistas of the French Alps.

Charlène Favier is a French director, writer and producer. She is the founder of Charlie Bus Production. Her short Odol Gorri (2018) was nominated for Best Short Film at the Césars.

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Classification
Unclassified 18+
Language
In French with English subtitles
Director
Charlène Favier,
Producer
Edouard Mauriat, Anne-Cécile Berthomeau,
Cast
Noée Abita, Jérémie Renier, Marie Denarnaud,
Screenwriter
Charlène Favier, Marie Talon,
Cinematographer
Yann Maritaud,
Editor
Maxime Pozzi Garcia,
Genre
Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Focus on Women, Cannes Selected, Sport,
Company Credits
Sales Agent: The Party Film Sales,