On the fringe of society in a remote part of the French-Canadian countryside, the fragile relationship and unusual private life of a father and daughter is jeopardized by dreary, unforeseen circumstances.
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De la froidure humaine en frimas canadiens, une oeuvre québécoise intense et raffinée, en apparence amorphe et autiste qui, avec lenteur et patience, en se décongelant de ses oripeaux de réitérative banalité et de fausse futilité, nous laisse découvrir sa puissante richesse narrative et psychologique, dans l'expression cinématographique du malaise, des questionnements et des égarements relationnels www.cinefiches.com
Unanswered questions. A father & daughter/ a mysterious past and fear that results in Dad severely restricting his daughters connection to the outside world. Bad things seem to have happened nearby that are left to speculation. Beautifully and simply shot, with restrained performances and lovely production design. I would have liked more background as to his motivations and a stronger story resolution. 3 stars
Enigmatic film about a man in rural Quebec living with his daughter who he has tried to shield from the outside world. Similar in theme to DOGTOOTH but more rooted in reality, paints a portrait of an ordinary man futilely trying to protect his child. Quiet and thoughtful, a bit aimless, but carries the melancholy weight of a parent's fear for their children in a dangerous world.
The austere, minimalist motives of the cinema of Denis Cote are well represented in this narrative film concerning a reclusive man and his pre-teen daughter living in a small community on the south shore outside Montreal. But not surprisingly this is not really a film about plot with several strands of story left hanging but more about invoking a feeling and leaving meaning up to the viewer.