Sixteen-year-old Jonas fails his exams again but thinks he can devote himself professionally to tennis. He fails the national competition. He meets 30-year-old Pierre, who is moved by his situation, and decides to help him. Depending entirely on his support, Jonas neglects public school. Incapable of setting the boundary lines of their relationship, his tutoring takes a turn that is more than merely academic.
Joachim Lafosse was born in Brussels in 1975. After receiving his diploma from the IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion), he directed his first feature film, Private Madness, selected for competition at Locarno, in 2004. In 2006, he made two features, Ça Rend Heureux (in competition at Locarno, and Grand Prix du Jury of the Premiers Festival Plans of Angers) and Private Property with Isabelle Huppert (in competition at Venice). In 2007 his fourth feature, Private Lessons was shown in the Directors’ Fortnight. Joachim Lafosse’s career has gathered speed with each new film, and with this momentum has come national and international recognition: Our Children was selected for Un Certain Regard and won Best Actress for Emilie Dequenne. In 2015, he made White Knights with a top tier cast (Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli and Reda Kateb). The film was presented at Toronto and won Best Director at San Sebastian.
Joachim Lafosse, François Pirot
Benoît De Clerck
Vive la Fête / Goose
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Title in Original Version : Private Lessons