OUTPUT FILM It sometimes resembles a documentary, but it is a fiction with suspense and twists and turns: the film wild Youth, which comes out on the screens this Monday, June 22, describes how a small band of offenders in Sète.
They are seven, live flights-snatching, robberies of trucks, resale of stolen cars, petty crime in the city and its surroundings. Their leader is Raphael, angel face and experience of the street, that the entire band listens to and respects.
Raphael has the fighting easy-but it is a sensitive guy. He lives in a shared flat with a girlfriend and other teens to “normal” (not offenders like him), which gives them a certain balance. Most importantly, he takes care of his father, widower and HOMELESS, a former dock worker at the unemployment, the mentally unstable and lying on the port: he invites her to the restaurant, he cut the hair and beard, will pay her a shower, bought her medicines, and even try him to find work.
Thieves, not criminals
The fence of stolen cars prompts Raphael to make larger shots, for example of the flights important on the docks. But it is dangerous, the young man does not want to lead his flock on the paths of the great crime, and to touch the weapons. They are thieves, not criminals. But Kevin, the faithful right arm of Raphael, does not agree and denies his authority…
It is the first feature film from director Frédéric Carpentier, who knows his subject: He was a scriptwriter, has directed short films and a tv movie, but mostly has facilitated workshops in cinema in the suburbs and districts difficult and has met with many of these minor offenders. His film, he says, “is fed a substantial amount of investigative work that gives him his anchor in this reality some of the young people of our contemporary societies”.
A naturalist but not a documentary
But, even if the project is very naturalistic, the film is not trying to look like a documentary: “I wanted to get the most of this reality. Keep the same distance as a documentary, while infusing the spirit of the fiction and its dramatic tension. I wanted to achieve a balance between realism and narrative construction that I wanted to be close to the Greek tragedy”, explains the director.
“This choice has allowed me to avoid a form of complacency or voyeuristic violence. I’m not fascinated by violence. I am fascinated by these young people, both capable of violence as behaviour, softer, more measured. They embody the contradictions of our time”.
Romantic relationships and parentage
Small offenders are actually violent and have a vocabulary of thugs, but in this story there is also the matter of a romantic relationship between Raphael and his girlfriend, and especially daughter through reports, complicated, and moving, with his father.
In this film gritty and fast paced, there are also a lot of suspense, on the end, and a beautiful balance between the play of young amateur actors (including the two that interpret to the perfection the characters of Raphael and Kevin: Pablo Cobo and Darren Muselet) and a few professional actors (the girlfriend of Leone Francis, the father Jérôme Bidaux). “This way of mixing professional actors and non-professionals was also a great benefit, is that at the time, the games mix”, explains the director. “The actors are so natural and non-actors take to the game. It is a beautiful exchange that serves as the stage setting.”