The Ruse


Short fiction film

“Ugliness conceals the greatest beauty, and vice versa…” The Ruse is the story of 14-year-old Clara who eats her lunch every day hidden away in the school bathroom. In the eyes of her peers, she’s a bitch. She has suffered their bullying, but now knows how to avoid her tormentors, although her school life remains troubled and dysfunctional. When 12-year-old Felix stumbles into HER room looking for a place to hide, the hunted teens find themselves in forced isolation. Forced to spend time together, their violent potential gives way to complicity, and when Felix’s attackers find their hideout, the pair have to think quick to make a plan, limit damages and decide what to do with their new-found friendship. In a brave mix of improvisation, sincerity and sensitivity, they risk everything to change their fates.


Short film


Katherine Dupont


Johanne Prégent


Michel Gauthier Productions



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