Slalom

France/Belgium, 92m, DCP

Showtimes & Tickets

Wed April 14

Thu April 15

This riveting, Cannes-selected #MeToo drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor, played by frequent Dardenne brothers collaborator Jérémie Renier. In a breakthrough role, Noée Abita plays 15-year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps who has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country’s top professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. As she racks up success under his influence, Lyz has to endure the physical and emotional pressure of elite training and figure out how to escape the mental and physical grip of power and abuse from a predatory coach. A Kino Lorber release

In French with English subtitles

Official selection: Zurich Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival

A film by Charlène Favier

Well-made, perceptively performed and deeply enraging, it’s a difficult but necessary watch.”

Jessica Kiang, Variety