By Helena KLOTZ


First film - Completed 2011

Victor and Rainer take the train into Paris to go clubbing. But faced with female rejections, street fights, and disillusions they call it a night and abandon the city for the forest. There, in the stillness of nature and the moonlight, their desire for each other becomes increasingly apparent.

& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2012
Valdivia IFF 2012
Int'l Feature Films
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 68 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Helena KLOTZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Helena KLOTZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Alexandre PERRIER (KIDAM)
    • Synopsis
    • One Saturday night, two young men decide to go clubbing in Paris. While one is obsessed with finding a girl to kiss, the other struggles with his secret attraction to his friend.
      The story of L’AGE ATOMIQUE is intentionally banal but I hope the emotions it stirs will be difficult to deny: a deep sense of sadness that evaporates with the carefree enthusiasm of mounting desire.
      We sense from Victor and Rainer a melancholy-tainted euphoria, a kind of despair: something that characterizes my generation and its losses therein.
      Yet friendship is always there: its support is remarkably durable, fraternal, radiant.
      They play on words, they throw themselves body and soul into verbal jousting—at times as if they were going into battle. To them, speaking is action, a way of passing time, of creating new spaces and fleeting moments of freedom, where they are protected from everything.
      Victor and Rainer’s trip to the forest is not only a literal journey from the urban Parisian landscape into the mysterious atmosphere of the forest; it is an inner journey.
      The forest—a silent, natural, moonlit realm—is a crowning moment. There, Victor and Rainer find solace from the weight of urban realities, ecstasy when they look up at the sky, and the mysterious love between them becomes apparent.
      L’AGE ATOMIQUE is not a sociological study of adolescence; rather, it is a film made during its protagonists’ adolescence that combines its contemporary, sentimental, and lasting elements.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2011