Isolde, a support caseworker trainee, is working in Toronto. She’s still adjusting to the protocols and challenges of her job when she’s assigned to Eric, a man charged with theft and awaiting a court hearing. As Isolde prepares for the hearing, she finds herself struggling.
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The simplicity of the every-day, the awkward silences, the random encounters, eating, drinking, walking; everything is recorded in such melodic way that one is lured into the very real issue that the film is addressing.
It's very interesting how the film mixes documentary and fictional elements. It is done with great mastery and subtelty. It's a very clever look at life in this system. And how each of us deal with it, so it's not much about a single character, but about existence on the whole.
Loved the spaces in our minds that this film facilitated. It’s pace and frames are artfully delivered allowing the viewer to perceive the poignant nuances of existence and our relationship to interdependency.
I honestly don't understand why the director/writer could not have attempted to make the narrative at least a tiny bit more prominent. It's not a surrealist movie or something of the kind, it is a simple film with two major characters, about important, real-life issues. And it's not even a documentary. Why not make it more accessible and less pretentiously subtle for the sake of everyone?
At the beginning the movie promised to be a good one but once it started to develop the story, it just never came up. The story is missing. It´s really a nice try. Well filmed. I like the way is filmed. The time, the lights, everything is really fine though the assistant character could be more optimistic, a cold country culture? Well, maybe. But the point is the story, it is not telled, a pity, a simple sketch?
This film starts off slow, and then seems to move slower and slower. I have no problem with “slow” films, however. A slow pace can allow for more subtle emotions and moods to surface— something this movie excelled at. But a slow pace can also magnify small flaws and idiosyncrasies as well.
The first half was interesting, as it followed someone through learning the ropes at work. The second half, focusing on a different person who was adrift, was not as compelling. It felt like two snapshots, and I wanted to hear about one of them more than the other. Perhaps it could have been shorter, or longer, since at this length it felt awkward, stuck between not enough (for narrative) and too much (for mood).