After a lengthy virtual relationship over the Internet, Milena and Philip take the plunge and agree to finally meet. Having lived in Montreal for over a decade, Milena, an immigrant of Bulgarian descent, accepts to greet her correspondent Philip, a flirtatious photographer from Sofia. Out in an isolated cottage in Quebec’s countryside, the couple abandon themselves to one another. Between periods of cultural clashes and fleshly pleasures, the two assess each other and the possibilities for true love. But strange, uncanny events soon disrupt Milena and Philip’s quiet intimacy as secrecy and silence slowly set in. –Nihilproductions
Denis Côté (November 16, 1973 in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick in Canada) is a filmmaker and producer in Quebec, home Brayonne. Independent filmmaker, he is often considered one of the leaders of the new Quebec cinema, terms for his part he denies.
Cinephile, he studied cinema at Ahuntsic College in Montreal and founded nihilproductions (not to be confused with Aes-Nihil Productions) around 1994. Very active, he turns fifteen short films, including Kosovolove (2000) and La sphatte (2003). Meanwhile, he is a journalist in radio theater, cinema desk editor for the weekly Montreal cultural ICI from 1999 to 2005 and vice president of the Quebec Association of Film Critics (AQCC).
In 2005, his first feature, Drifting States, won the Golden Leopard (video) at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Grand Prix Indie Vision International Festival Jeonju, Korea. In November 2007, the film is one of ten selected by the Cahiers du Cinema in programming A Weekend of unpublished… read more
Aptly named second feature from Denis Cote that finds a young Quebecer of Bulgarian descent invite a Bulgarian man who she met on the internet to join her in rustic St Melanie for three weeks of discovery. What they find is the modern techonological connection doesn't necessarily translate to a live flesh one beyond the animalistic desire.Added subplots weren't necessary as the intent of the filmmaker shines through.
Interesting to watch a movie about human behavior after Bestiaire. I like the start, how they realize that the one thing missing from this is time spent together, but unfortunately the film takes a negative twist and they can never get close to each other. Instead, we get a bunch of alienated-in-a-forest-lodge scenes. The zoomings made me dizzy, and they didn't make much sense with a photographer in a foreign land.
Dogme 95 style filmmaking with a couple-in-the-woods psychodrama plotline that completely prefigures Von Trier's own Antichrist. I'm not sure if the ending, reminiscent of Claire Denis' Beau Travaile, entirely works, though, but it's a solid outing from Cote. Not his best film (Curling, Carcasses, and All That She Wants are superior), but definitely worth watching. The tension in the second half is unbearable.