Directed by Philippe Lesage
Film Movement
129 Minutes
French, English
Drama, Coming of Age

Three teenagers are shaken up by their first loves in the turmoil of their youth. At a time when others are conforming, they stand their ground and assert their right to love and be free.

Director & Cast




  • "First loves are fraught with heartbreak and uncertainty in Genesis (Genèse), a perceptive exploration of young people struggling to find their heart’s desire. The wise, witty screenplay and noteworthy performances will likely win attention for the film and enhance the standing of writer/director Philippe Lesage, whose critically admired The Demons (2015) never found the audience it deserved."
    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
  • "[T]he bulk of “Genesis” ... is concerned with the respectively thorny, gawky romantic travails of two new characters, teenage siblings Guillaume (Théodore Pellerin, a minor player in “The Demons”) and Charlotte (Noée Abita). So intimately and empathetically does it portray their uncertain urges and expressions of sexuality, however, that it seems the director may have split his mirror into three. Once again lent human depth and texture by Lesage’s documentary background, this Locarno competition premiere is uncommonly tender, nervy coming-of-age storytelling, shaped in ways that will likely provoke dissent and debate among audiences who seek it out...."
    Guy Lodge, Variety
  • "When you first fall in love, everything else around you seems to melt away and pretty much nothing or no one else seems to exist. In the French-Canadian film Genesis (Genese), about adolescent love, director Philippe Lesage weaves this idea of full-on immediacy and a very blinkered view into the fabric of his storytelling, delivering a film that feels intensely alive and in the moment."
    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "The drama is an intricately constructed and intensely felt work...."
    Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

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