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The Freshmen

Première année

2018, Thomas Lilti, France, 92 min.
With Vincent Lacoste, William Lebghil

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 2nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 2nd 6:00pm
  • Sun, Aug 4th 2:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 7th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Lilti delivers a very nice, simple and spirited film that is both entertaining and analytical in its own right, by tapping into a beautiful story of friendship."—Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

An M.D. himself, Thomas Lilti has mined his professional background to build a reputation as one of France's most successful and respected young directors. THE FRESHMEN follows HIPPOCRATES (centered on a young intern) and IRREPLACEABLE (centered on a veteran country doctor) in Lilti's unofficial trilogy of medically themed films that combine inside-dope authenticity with storytelling skill. In terms of the physician's life-cycle, THE FRESHMEN actually comes first, centering on two first-year students navigating France's notoriously stringent medical-school system. In a freshmen class of over 2,000, only 300 will be admitted to the second year. Benjamin (Lebghil) is the son of a successful surgeon, while the less privileged, more intense Antoine (Lacoste of HIPPOCRATES and LOLO) has already failed twice to advance to the second year. The two team up as study-buddies in the hope of beating the odds, but their friendship will be tested by jealousy, psychological pressure, and class difference. A critical and commercial hit in France, THE FRESHMEN contributed to a long-running critique of the med-school wringer that led to recently approved reforms. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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