Scene from the film 18 Years
Scene from the film 18 Years
Scene from the film 18 Years
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18 Years

  • France
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Morgane has just turned eighteen. She lives with her father and brother in a typical suburb of Paris. When she’s not in school, Morgane reads Russian poetry, calls herself and idiot endlessly on her blog, wanders through the streets of her painful childhood, regretting that things weren’t easier. She also self-harms. Morgane is angry. She doesn’t accept that her mother is ill. She resents her for not being able to kick her drinking habit. She questions whether her mother actually ever loved her. When her mother calls on the telephone, she is accusatory and blames her for her absence. Morgane turns to her teddy bears and her brother for consolation. Despite this Morgane successfully passes her A-levels. She wants to succeed. Through the character of Morgane, this film depicts the moment in life when a young woman, caught between adulthood and being a child, charges forward in life, armed with self-protection and carrying her baggage. Simultaneously fragile and intense, everyone connects with this character and her stage in life – scarred by childhood but bravely facing the next chapter in life. It’s a sad and painful moment, but still filled with hope.


  • Original title
    18 ans
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Frédérique Pollet Rouyer
  • Editing
    Svetlana Vaynblat
  • Sound
    Jean-François Maitre
  • Duration
    22 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Visions du Réel – Nyon
    • Festival de Douarnenez 2009
    • Corsica.doc
    • Festival Elles tournent (Bruxelles)
    • RIDM – Montréal
    • Dei Popoli (Florence)
    • True/False Film Fest (USA)
  • Awards
    • Special Jury Award at the Education Film Festival (Evreux) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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