The lazy-minded will call this a coming-of-age drama, but it’s the exact opposite: the hero (Mathieu Amalric), a French anthropologist living in Tajikistan, looks back on his teenage years with angst and disappointment, as if he’s never really gotten past them. Writer-director Arnaud Desplechin, reviving the Paul Dédalus character from his 1996 success My Sex Life . . . or How I Got Into an Argument, lets the late-80s flashbacks take over the narrative, and they trace a complex romantic journey between the teenage Paul (Quentin Dolmaire) and a classmate (Lou Roy-Lecollinet), whom he manages to take away from a stronger guy (getting his ass kicked in the process) but then alienates as pain over his mother’s death a few years earlier overpowers him. An adventurous and psychologically acute storyteller (A Christmas Tale, Jimmy P), Desplechin presents the high schoolers’ relationships with an adult complexity, from which the grown-up Paul seems to stand back in awe.