Teen Dox


Jean-François Caissy
Screening time  
28.02. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3  
A work of patient observation, 'Guidelines' is a series of tableaux illustrating the occasionally trying existence of young people at a rural secondary school.

Guidelines explores the world of adolescence through a series of tableaux that illustrate the occasionally trying existence of young people at a rural secondary school. During closed-door meetings, the teens interact with various authority figures whose job it is to “set them straight”. Outside classroom hours, though, they regain control of their world, the natural surroundings becoming a playground where they can test the limits of their temporary freedom. A work of patient observation relying mostly on uninterrupted long takes, Guidelines emphasizes the contrasts between the regulated environment of the classroom and the beckoning freedom of the great outdoors, gradually revealing the interior drama of adolescence, with its shifts from fragility to reckless abandon. The result is an original yet universal portrayal of a sometimes overwhelming life journey that we all take.


Jean-François Caissy

Jean-François Caissy, born in Saint-Omer on Quebec’s Gaspé peninsula, is a filmmaker and visual artist. His first feature-length documentary was 2005’s critically acclaimed La saison des amours. Second one, La belle visite (2009), earned him international recognition and the award for Best Documentary at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. His video installation Derby (2011) was shown at the Centre Clark in Montreal and at Galerie Espace F in Matane, Quebec. Guidelines (2014) is his third documentary feature.

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2014, 76', DCP

Directed by:
Jean-François Caissy

Screenplay by:
Jean-François Caissy

Nicolas Canniccioni

Edited by:
Mathieu Bouchard-Malo

Johanne Bergeron

Produced by:
National Film Board of Canada

Festivals & Awards:

RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival 2014 – Special Mention; IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival 2014 – World Pulse Award; International Film Festival Camden 2014 – Jury Special Mention
; IDFA 2014; 
Hot Docs 2014; Berlin International Film Festival 2014; BFI London Film Festival 2014; LIFFe Ljubljana International Film Festival 2014; 
Viennale 2014