Slalom

critic Reviews

, 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by Noée Abita's outstanding central performance, Slalom offers a moving account of oppression and abuse in the guise of mentorship.
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    Tomris LafflyRogerEbert.com
    By telling a story we've all heard a million times before (and perhaps even experienced first-hand to some degree) plainly and bravely, Charlène Favier reaches something urgent and devastating with her feature debut.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "Slalom" has smart insights about our sports industrial complex, sexual misconduct within the system and the way teenagers are thrown into the fire and forced to fend for themselves.
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    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    Favier keeps a laser focus on Lyz's subjective experience, with a frank and unflinching eye on the moments both euphoric and gut-wrenching.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    The film is too rich and too human for any kind of categorization. But for all its beauty, it's also quite an unsettling watch - a delicate, authentic look at the complicated ways in which abuse works.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    The writer and director, Charlène Favier, had previous experience as a competitive skier, and she is attentive to the textures of mountainside sports and how abuse plays out in this setting.
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    Carson LundSlant Magazine
    The film's real subject is a young woman awakening to her oppression, rendered poignant in all its awkwardness by Noée Abita.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    The only thing lacking was a story with more depth.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    Favier approaches MeToo territory with classic French-cinema ambiguity, refusing to shade the characters in strict victim/predator terms even as their actions do pretty much fit that description.
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    Anita KatzSan Francisco Examiner
    Renier brilliantly makes Fred's behavior despicable while giving Fred just enough humanity to make him a credible character instead of a one-note monster.
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    Peter SobczynskieFilmCritic.com
    Slalom is a hard film to watch... However, it is a well-made and eminently necessary one that tackles an important, if discomfiting, subject with an intriguing combination of restraint and anger that makes it well worth watching.
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