Ava (2017 French film)

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Film poster
Directed byLéa Mysius
Written byLéa Mysius
StarringNoée Abita
Laure Calamy
Juan Cano
Release date
  • 19 May 2017 (2017-05-19) (Cannes)
Running time
105 minutes

Ava is a 2017 French drama film directed by Léa Mysius. It was screened in the International Critics' Week section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] At Cannes it won the SACD Award.[3]


Ava is unhappy 13 year old, who is losing her sight from Retinitus Pigmentosa - a genetic condition which leads to her losing her night sight, then her peripheral vision, followed by total blindness. She is determined to live life to the full while she can see, exploring her approaching blindness and her constant nightmares which keep her awake at night.

She is attracted to an 18 year old, Juan and his dog, who she names Lupo. Juan is a traveler in love with Jessica, over whom he fights but is stabbed. Ava comes across the wounded Juan, helping him to recover. Once he is better, they embark on a spree of robberies at the beach, helping Ava to cope with her sadness. This, and the fact that Juan is having sex with Ava, gets Juan into trouble with the police.

They escape from the police and Ava offers to help Juan recover his car keys and papers from his caravan so they can run away together. Ava joins Jessica's wedding on the traveler site to wait tables, then slips away when the cake is served. She finds Juan's wallet and driving license but can't find his car keys.

The police raid the wedding so that Juan and Ava are forced to run away without his car. While they are walking away, Jessica appears to give Juan his car, leaving her veil with Ava as a token of her love and support for the couple.


  • Noée Abita as Ava
  • Laure Calamy as Maud, Ava's mother
  • Juan Cano as Juan
  • Tamara Cano as Jessica
  • Carmen Gimenez as Carmen
  • Daouda Diakhaté as Tété


  1. ^ "Selection of the 56th International Critics' Week". Semaine de la Critique. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  2. ^ "56th International Critics' Week Press Kit" (PDF). Semaine de la Critique. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (25 May 2017). "'Makala,' 'Gabriel and the Mountain' Scoop Cannes' Critics' Week Awards". Variety. Retrieved 25 May 2017.

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