Léo and Charlie are the textbook definition of youthful freedom and possibility. Running through flower fields, exploring the world around them, these grinning, glowing, skinny 13-year-olds appear to have inexhaustible energy and boundless joy. Best of all, they have each other, as close as brothers. But as the boys enroll in a new school, the idyll does not last. They soon drift apart after the intimacy of their relationship is questioned by schoolmates. When tragedy strikes, one is forced to confront why he distanced himself from his closest friend.
The second film from 31-year-old director Lukas Dhont (his first film GIRL told the story of a young trans woman who yearned to have gender-reassignment operation while training to be a ballerina), CLOSE is a beautifully crafted film full of tremendous empathy and vision–an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. CLOSE won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.