SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – SLALOM

Rating: R18+
Length: 92 mins
Cast: Noée Abita, Jérémie Renier, Marie Denarnaud

A teenage competitive skier is drawn into the orbit of her domineering coach in this unflinching portrait of abuse and obsession. Cannes 2020.

The slalom – a winding, downhill ski race – is where 15-year-old Lyz feels most at home. Her talent at skiing is matched by a hunger to win, a quality quickly noticed by her infamously severe ski coach. As Lyz settles into an elite team of athletes, Slalom shifts from a sports drama to an urgent depiction of the ways in which powerful people can exploit their impressionable and ambitious charges. Reminiscent of Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, Charlène Favier handles the themes of this #MeToo drama with a searing frankness, reflecting Lyz’s emotional tumult in the lonely vistas of the French Alps.

Charlène Favier is a French director, writer and producer. She is the founder of Charlie Bus Production. Her short Odol Gorri (2018) was nominated for Best Short Film at the Césars.