Young Solitude

A part of being young are the feelings of loneliness that arise when one suddenly feels no unity with one’s family. The family and one’s own person appear as strange and it is easier to define one’s identity against the family rather than through it.

The documentary Young Solitude shows young Parisians talk about these feelings to each other with perception and openness. Not all feelings of young solitude have to do with the difficult age, either: on the background there are divorces, sickness, death, and broken families where parents go through their own struggles for survival, paying attention to other things besides a child who is trying to find his or her place in the world.

Still, there is more to this documentary than mere gloom and loneliness. While the kids become alienated with their families, their peer-to-peer communities tighten. They have significant encounters in which they wisely verbalise their feelings about art, family and love – as if the camera did not even exist.

Juulia Jaulimo (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: French
Subtitles: English

Q&A with Claire Simon (director) on Wednesday 30.01. at 16:45 at Andorra and on Thursday 31.01. at 18:45 at Maxim 2

In co-operation with Institut français de Finlande

  • Name in Original Language: Premières solitudes
  • Director: Claire Simon
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 100 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Claire Simon
  • Editing: Claire Simon, Luc Forveille, Léa Masson
  • Music: Stromae
  • Production: Sophie Dulac Productions


  • Kinopalatsi 8: Wed 30.1. at 16.45
  • Maxim 2: Thu 31.1. at 18.45
  • Kinopalatsi 7: Sun 3.2. at 11.15