HD-DCP - 2018 - FRANCE - 100 - Color

Young Solitude

Premières solitudes (original title)

A film by Claire Simon

Claire Simon portrays an important time for any individual, from 16 to 18 years of age.

Set in the Paris suburbs in high school (for those lucky enough to go), teenagers chat after and even during class, sitting in the hallway or outside on a bench, looking at the city below them.

Claire Simon sets up a cinematic dialog with the teens, speaking about their personal history, their family, but also passions and loneliness.

At this age, they start thinking about leaving their family, when there is one, and even run away from it when it’s completely broken. Being by yourself can bring as many good things as bad ones. This film becomes a place where they search and discuss the meaning of all this.

A pure coming-age story, Young Solitude is an ode to youth.

Claire Simon


Born in London, Claire Simon is a French scriptwriter, actress, cinematographer, editor and director.

An atypical talent in the French movie world, Claire Simon has been capturing for more than two decades - ceaselessly and successfully - the essence of reality directing both feature films and documentaries, selected in major festivals around the world.


Recreations, 1992 / At all costs, 1995 / A foreign body, 1997 / 800km, 2002 /
mimi, 2003 / It burns, 2006 / Gods offices, 2008 / Gare du Nord, 2013 / Human Geography, 2013
The Woods Dreams Are Made of, 2016 / The Graduation, 2016

Claire Simon

Original language: French
Produced by: Sophie Dulac Productions
In coproduction with: Carthage Films


French distributor: Sophie Dulac


Berlinale 2018 - Forum Section