Young Solitude /
Most of them have nobody to talk to except their classmates—conversations start and end abruptly as they bound up and down the school's stairs, sit on the lawn or perch atop the wall overlooking the city. High school students in a run-down Parisian suburb talk among themselves with surprising candor and awareness. Do your parents hug you? Does your dad ever tell you he loves you? Do you feel more African or more French? As they talk freely about family, divorce, adoption, immigration, falling in love and losing control, Claire Simon’s camera captures the first signs of adulthood peeking out through childhood's last, lingering traces.