Another Long Look at Adolescent Love in Departure

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In Departure, Elliot, a homosexual English teenager, is staying with his mum in the French countryside as they prepare their summer house for sale. He spends most of his time wandering about with a dreamy look in his eyes — until he makes a new summer friend in Clément (pictured), a strapping boy from Paris with a cigarette perpetually dangling from his full lips just so. Langorous, sun-drenched shots of rural France will doubtlessly fill viewers with a longing to visit — equal to the longing Elliot has for Clément and the passion they might share if he could only allow himself to act. Meanwhile, we see Elliot’s mother struggle with her own deferred dreams as this coming-of-age drama unfolds. THE WORD: Alex Lawther — who was so excellent as young Alan Turing in The Imitation Game — leads a cast of actors quietly brimming with emotion in this well-made and visually beautiful film. COMING TO: Theaters

Last modified: July 27, 2017