So moving for a majority of its runtime that not even a manipulative ending can ruin the experience, Close is a tender and powerfully acted look at childhood innocence lost.

The intense friendship between two thirteen-year old boys Leo and Remi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Léo approaches Sophie, Rémi's mother. "Close" is a film about friendship and responsibility.

"So subtle and sensitive in the first half, so devastatingly false from its tragic twist on. This beautifully evocative film, which hails from an openly queer director, offers as pure a portrait of innocent, innocuous same-sex affection as we’ve ever encountered on film. And then it becomes something incredibly, unwelcomely different". -

“Close” remains Leo’s story above all else, and with his film debut, the young Dambrine gives a fine, extremely interior performance. There is a physical component as well, especially as the boy pursues more athletic activities in his project to man-up, turning the film as a close and all-encompassing coming-of-age tale." - The Wrap 


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