TIFF 2015 - Guillaume Senez makes an impressive debut with KeeperSensitively exploring the folly of youth and the burden of responsibility, Belgian director Guillaume Senez makes an impressive debut with Keeper, screening in the Discover section at this year’s festival. Maxime (Kacey Mottet Klein) and Mélanie (Galatea Bellugi) are a typical teenage couple. Like most love struck fifteen-year-olds, they can’t get enough of each other and think they’ll be together forever. But when Mélanie becomes pregnant, their worlds are rocked. We would seem to be firmly in the territory of the Dardenne brothers here, but the film inventively relocates the story to the milieu of the middle class bourgeoisie. It’s a refreshingly honest portrayal of a somewhat spoiled boy’s transition into manhood, and features a heartbreaking and sobering denouement.
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