Director:
Country:
France
Genres:
Drama
Producer:
Edouard Mauriat
Language:
French
Length:
92 min
Writer:
Charlène Favier
Year:
2020

15 year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps, has been accepted to a highly selective ski club that trains future professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, Fred, ex-champion turned coach, decides to make Lyz his shining star regardless of her lack of experience. Under his influence, Lyz will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz’s determination help her escape his grip?

One of this year’s Cannes Label films. 

Charlène Favier
Charlène Favier

director

Director's statement

“This is a very personal film as I grew up in Val-d’Isère and I skied competitively. But Lyz’s story is not autobiographical in the true sense of the word. I did indeed experience someone having a hold over me, but in another sporting context. I preferred to use fiction because it allowed me to take a step back from my own story. Around me, I heard many stories of young girls who had experienced what I talk about in the film. I have received many accounts. For me, film is something very personal and organic. I’m not someone who intellectualizes things and, until now, all my films start from something very intimate.”

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