Matteo is a lonely teenager who can’t connect with his mother and oppressive father. In a desperate move, he runs into the woods with his baby brother. His father retaliates: Matteo is sent to a remote farm to work for three months. Once there however, it’s clear that the adults have lost control of the teenage inmates. To make it through the summer, Matteo will have to earn his colleagues’ respect, entering a world where provoking chaos is the main activity and physical violence the only currency there is. Matteo joins the other teenagers on a mission to wreak havoc in the nearby city and to wage a war against the grownups. Channeling anger into this mission, he quickly finds his place within the group. Director Simon Jaquemet, making his feature debut, gives a gripping account of how teenage angst and the need to belong, pushed to their paroxysm, can lead a boy to resort to animal brutality. Yet behind the violence, we feel the greater aspirations of Matteo. The war he’s waging against himself and its shocking, inevitable conclusion give the film amazing emotional impact.