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The Lost Boys of Mercury

The Lost Boys of Mercury

Les oubliés de La Belle Étoile
Clémence Davigo
France
2023
107 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

In a summer house in the Savoie region of France, three men in their sixties meet to share experiences. As children, they were pupils at the Catholic boys’ boarding school La Belle Étoile in nearby Mercury. Their time there, we discover, has destroyed their lives. André became a hardened criminal who spent 35 years in prison. Michel has always been afraid. Daniel has never dared to express emotion.

With great caution, director Clémence Davigo allows the three to tell their stories. About the structural abuse, the lack of food, the cruel punishments. About the priests who went even further and sexually abused the boys. And about a society that looked the other way. Even when the three men are silent, the camera records their grief, anger and despair.

Davigo is also present when André, Michel and Daniel talk to therapists from the Catholic Church. Because many questions remain unanswered. Why were children treated like criminals? And what will the church do to recompense all the victims?

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Credits
107 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: French
Director
    Clémence Davigo
    Clémence Davigo
Production
    Elise Hug for Alter Ego Production,
    Cécile Lestrade for Alter Ego Production
    Elise Hug for Alter Ego Production,
    Cécile Lestrade for Alter Ego Production
Cinematography
    François Chambe
    François Chambe
Editing
    Lou Vercelletto
    Lou Vercelletto
Sound
    Emmanuelle Villard
    Emmanuelle Villard
Music
    Benjamin Glibert
    Benjamin Glibert
World Sales
    Andana Films
    Andana Films
Screening copy
    Andana Films
    Andana Films

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