A teenage competitive skier is drawn into the orbit of her domineering coach in this unflinching portrait of abuse and obsession. Cannes 2020.
The slalom – a winding, downhill ski race – is where 15-year-old Lyz feels most at home. Her talent at skiing is matched by a hunger to win, a quality quickly noticed by her infamously severe ski coach. As Lyz settles into an elite team of athletes, Slalom
shifts from a sports drama to an urgent depiction of the ways in which powerful people can exploit their impressionable and ambitious charges. Reminiscent of Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank
, Charlène Favier handles the themes of this #MeToo drama with a searing frankness, reflecting Lyz's emotional tumult in the lonely vistas of the French Alps.Charlène Favier
is a French director, writer and producer. She is the founder of Charlie Bus Production. Her short Odol Gorri
(2018) was nominated for Best Short Film at the Césars.