Life is not going very well for brother and sister Maryse and Benoît Bossé. Maryse and her husband Alain have grown apart, and Maryse is worried about an accident which happened at work. Meanwhile Benoît, the eternal child, still lives with their widowed father, and his relationship with single mother Nathalie is being sabotaged by her son.
Side by side, father and son, husband and wife live their separate lives in a routine of familiar unease, almost as if the harsh Canadian winter – skillfully portrayed by Stéphane Lafleur – had also buried the emotions and energy of the characters under a blanket of snow. In En terrains connus, the witty dialogue, the situation comedy and the tone of the music and sounds combine to convey an atmosphere somewhere between implosion and tension in an atmosphere of vague premonitions, intensified by the captions which divide the film into three chapters (Accident 1 to 3). It’s hard to imagine that things can get any worse. But when a messenger from the future arrives, the film, in which up to that point the only fast things were the snow mobiles, turns into a road movie. Maryse and Benoît leave their familiar grounds, and the question of how predictable the future actually is resolves itself on their journey. —Berlinale
Stéphane Lafleur was born on June 16, 1976 in St.-Jérôme, the Laurentides, Québec, Canada. Over the last ten years, he has directed or edited more than thirty independent short films. He is notably one of the founding members of the Kino movement. Stéphane Lafleur is also the lyricist and singer of the folk/country band Avec pas d’casque. En terrains connus is his second feature film. –Berlinale
«J'aurais bien voulu être écouté, pour pouvoir trouver ma destinée, et avoir le bonheur j'attendais de son coeur, les beaux jours je pensais d'être aimé. Mais si nous étions bien compris, nous aurions passé toute notre vie, à vivre ensemble heureux et s'aimer tous les deux, seuls sous un coin du ciel bleu.» -Willie Lamothe (AKA, Stéphane Lafleur knows how to pick music!)
You know the drill, aim-less people in their 30's try to make sense of it all. This time throw in the added element of a man who claims he's from the future. Impeccable production design and a truly beguiling, hypnotic sound-scape really lull you into the frozen world. I found the story a bit thin and as much as I enjoyed their world I really wanted to see a more satisfying character resolution. 2.5 stars