A Teen Movie With “Wok” Sauce

A Teen Movie With

Opinion of the “world” – to see

This summer, American Teen Movie saw a “voke” update (a term that qualifies someone who is “awake,” aware of social or racial problems) of its software. released a few months ago where do we come from, by John M. Chu, depicted the daily life of a Latino neighborhood in the process of gentrification. Set between a sweet romanticism and a social presenter, the film stirred through musical numbers, discrimination, uncertainty and community pride – in a way. story of the west (Film that will soon have a Spielbergian remake). He raised political consciousness in the midst of a genre that is by definition above ground, withdrawn in emotional problems – but which, shall we specify, created masterpieces. chasing him, summer Affirms the trend: a political youth, or at least aggrieved by the state of the world and eager to make it known.

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Carlos López Estrada (director of the Disney stable) is not satisfied with this observation alone, and tries to find a suitable form for it. the concept of summer would have been born from a workshop of spoken word (Oralization of a text, between poetry and slam) where each artist gives their intimate story a demanding, rhythmic and demanding form. Twenty-five young actors from this workshop form the film’s cast, the principle of which consists of a long summer stroll through the streets of Los Angeles: as an audience is constantly challenged and distracted, the film slips from one character to another.

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attractive sociological object

Each character has its own sketch, and each sketch essentially provokes a moment spoken word – Written and narrated by the actor himself. The great diversity of artists makes it possible to create a wide spectrum of issues: homophobia, grossophobia, anti-Asian racism, painful relationships with one’s community, galloping, or more simply heartache, childhood nostalgia, for one’s own city. declaration of love. The texts, like their lessons, are virtuous and are more than a mere stop in the imagination – they are fiction itself.

The great diversity of artists makes it possible to discuss a wide spectrum of issues

summer embraces its strangely bubbly tone, both super-sweet, bordering on cutesy at the end, and at the same time eager to show that its youth has both eyes wide open, that it is articulate and, even more so, talented. . In many places, the film appears to be a fascinating sociological object, as it no longer depicts youth associated with the rites of passage common to all, but rather the opposite: each in his own particular experience and trauma. Finds isolated, but all manage to unite in the name of an intertwined conflict that the film tries to instigate – here represented by the limousine that takes them all away.

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