Benoît is a 14 year-old boy who leaves the countryside and moves to Paris. He has to start from scratch in a new school, make new friends, and –together with an Swedish schoolmate– find his first love and get drunk with non-alcoholic beer.
Few moments in human existence have fascinated filmmakers and scriptwriters as adolescence. From Jean Eustache to Judd Apatow, including Louis Malle, Maurice Pialat, or John Hughes, cinema has tried to decrypt every symbol of puberty, as if it was a hieroglyphic map of our own evolution. Rudi Rosenberg joins this illustrious list, although he knows the goal of The New Kid is not to reinvent film history. He does enough by shaping a film that stands as a luminous, simple sweet sixteenth party that celebrates positive things such as the tinglings of a first love or the incipient friendship between boys. This is a film that shows love and loyalty towards its characters, and deep down, also to the audience. FG
D, G: Rudi Rosenberg F: Nicolas Loir E: Julie Lena DA: Sebastien Meunier S: Arnaud Lavaleix M: Jonathan Morali P: Mathias Rubin PE: Eric Zaouali CP: Récifilms, Cinefrance, D8 Films, Mars Films I: Raphael Ghrenassia, Johanna Lindstedt, Géraldine Martineau, Guillaume Cloud Rpussel
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He was born in France in 1979. He worked as an actor in several films and directed the short films 3 ans (2008) and Aglaée (2010).