“Ava” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

7 October, 2017

Director: Léa Mysius
Screenwriter: Léa Mysius
Director of Photography: Paul Guilhaume
Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano

Synopsis: A thirteen year-old girl whose eyesight is slowly deteriorating steals a dog from a homeless gypsy boy, sparking a dysfunctional love story between the pair as they come to terms with a transitional phase in their lives.

Ava Review:

A sumptuous summertime caper produced with an observational and playful sensibility, “Ava” is a drama with very little interest in the consequences of its blithe manner, throwing a coming-of-age romance across the French coastline as writer-director Léa Mysius visualises the texture of sensual awareness and unkempt passion. An experimental delight with an intentionally loose framework, the film celebrates the freedoms of youth, turning a seeming tragedy into a reason to experience love, liberation, and sensuality while forcing naturalism out of its cast by teaching them to simply exist as the characters they are assigned.

Free-spirited and naked into both a literal and metaphorical sense, “Ava” disrobes its lead actress, framing Noée Abita like an unblemished rose yet restyling her as a walking paradox whose blunt and boyish demeanour starkly contrasts her pubescent allure. Beachy and unrestrained, “Ava” discards all formalities, running into the ocean without a care in the world, both alienating and charming viewers as it glances in their direction with a cool indifference that feels awfully similar to charisma.


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