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Lukas Dhont's Tender Boyhood Drama 'Close' Stirs Cannes

Gustav De Waele, from left, director Lukas Dhont, Eden Dambrine, and Emilie Dequenne pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Close' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Gustav De Waele, from left, director Lukas Dhont, Eden Dambrine, and Emilie Dequenne pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Close' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Cannes, France (AP) -- Lukas Dhont's sensitive coming-of-age film “Close,” about the tender friendship of two 13-year-old boys whose bond is tragically separated, has provided a late, emotional wallop at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Close," the Belgian director's second film after his controversy-generating debut “Girl,” has emerged as one of the standouts at Cannes, and one of the most poignant. While heartbreak in film is usually expressed through romantic relationships, Dhont's movie traces the painful fallout of two exceptionally close boys who drift apart when their intimacy is ridiculed.