Falcon Lake

Director: Charlotte Le Bon
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 3.0

Thirteen-year-old Bastien (Joseph Engel) goes with his parents and younger brother Titi (Thomas Laperriere) on vacation to Quebec where he shares a room with sixteen-year-old Chloé (Sara Montpetit) and develops feelings for her, they drink wine and hang out with some other kids by a lake ... and there's talk of the ghost of a boy who drowned there haunting the place.  For her feature directorial debut, Le Bon (who's also an actress) adapted the graphic novel by Bastien Vivès and the result is a self-assured coming-of-age movie influenced by Éric Rohmer and his love of nature ... but with a touch of the supernatural.  She clearly remembers her own youth and what it felt like being uncomfortable around slightly older and more experienced teenagers - there are adults in the vicinity but they're essentially "sectioned off" - and Chloé almost fits the definition of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl ... but her impulsiveness doesn't exactly "save" an otherwise taciturn Bastien and (indirectly) leads to a melancholy finale.