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Each of the young people in this program face moments of truth when the choices or decisions they make have real consequences. What would you do if you were in the same situation?

For Ages Teen 14+ | 80 minutes | Presented in English and original languages with English subtitles

Themes: Standing United/Unity, Bullying, Intergenerational/Youth and Elders or Parents, Friendship, Saying sorry, Conflict Resolution, Family 

Content Advisory: Mature language

The Ruse

Clara, 14-year-old, eats her lunch every day hidden away in the school bathroom. She has suffered their bullying, but now knows how to avoid her tormentors, although her school life remains troubled and dysfunctional. When 12-year-old Felix stumbles into HER room looking for a place to hide, the hunted teens find themselves in forced isolation. Forced to spend time together, their resistance gives way to complicity, and when Felix’s attackers find their hideout, the pair have to think quick to elaborate a plan. In a brave mix of improvisation, sincerity and sensitivity, they make up a strategy to change their fates.

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  • Runtime
    11 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Midwest Premiere
  • Director
    Johanne Prégent
  • Screenwriter
    Katherine Dupont
  • Producer
    Michel Gauthier, Vincent Leroux