TEENAGE LOCKDOWN TALES
Director(s): Marie-Pierre JAURY, Charlotte BALLET-BAZ – Writer(s): Marie-Pierre JAURY, Charlotte BALLET-BAZ Contact Print page
This film is the choral novel of seven lives put into perspective in relation to each other, with a focal point that connects them all: each of them is a high school student, in second grade, attending the same school on the outskirts of Paris. "Teenage Lockdown Tales" is an intimate portrait of adolescence in 2020. It is the particular context of “confinement”, lockdown in France due to Covid 19, that forces these young people to stay at home for 45 days and gradually reveal themselves in front of their camera.
This documentary is a collective project and our young protagonists are the co-authors: Eve, Nawel, Grégory, Eva, Lili, Basil and Julien face the same existential question: How to live your adolescent life when everything that constitutes it is lacking?
The lockdown is the starting point of the film. We will discover their space, their accommodation, their daily life. The seven teenagers are our tour guides of an environment they rediscover, of parental relationships they sometimes reinvent, of the bond with friends they don’t want to break. Gradually, the adolescents accept the situation which might well last for a while. Lili, Basil, Nawel, Eve, Grégory, Eva, and Julien all attend the same high school, have the same teachers. This is a period they all have to face and yet, they experience it in a very different way. We discover the disparate situations of our protagonists, with the most visible impact appearing at school level. Three of our characters totally fell back in their studies after a few weeks, for lack of digital means or parental support.
Gradually, the state of confinement leads them to come to terms with themselves, to explore their life, their memories, their hopes for the future. Their fears, too: what does it mean to grow up? We come to share their difficulties, sometimes their anxieties. We are touched by their sensitivity, the assertion of their personality in relation to their parents. We (re)discover adolescence and its promise at a crossroads. But above all, they are missing their friends all the times. What do they wish for most for the end of lockdown? To see them all again at long last!
The film ends on May 11, the day of the “deconfinement”, the easing of lockdown. The day they’ve all been waiting for, when they can go out without a certification. We’ll be filming the moment when they pass the doorstep to meet up with their boyfriends and girlfriends. The precious moments of rediscovered sociability. We will see them hesitate before embracing, kissing, hugging each other, their jokes about face masks ... Between teen love and friendships, how will their reunion play out?