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330 Ratings

Tu dors Nicole

Directed by Stéphane Lafleur
Canada, 2014
Comedy, Drama


Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, Nicole, 22 years old, is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend Véronique. When Nicole’s older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls’ friendship is put to the test.

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Tu dors Nicole Directed by Stéphane Lafleur
Whilst there’s wit in the film’s dialogue, most of its humor comes from some patient visual gags… The final image of the film is an amusing and strangely beautiful exaggeration of a relatively early shot in the film; rather than just serving as a point of humour, though, it also directly addresses the divide between what is real and what is dreamt. These recursive elements add a touch of complexity to the mostly aimless narrative—déjà vu as punchline.
November 02, 2015
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Tu dors Nicole has its fair share of “quirk”; it’s often a kind of masterclass in how to defang that adjective of the suffocatingly cute. What grounds it are the above-listed virtues of being grounded in very particular spaces, a firm sense of the simmeringly low-key rage that thankless underpaid work can bring, and the ability to tonally manage the split between drollery and rage.
June 01, 2015
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Tu Dors Nicole is a lovely little film, but one doesn’t want to make too big a case for it. We’ve had countless works about our early 20s — that hesitant period between adolescence and adulthood — and we’ll have countless more after this. Will this movie stand the test of time? Should it even? Lafleur’s film is a quiet trifle that sneaks up on you, like a pleasant dream you might have and then gradually forget. Its very slightness is its greatest weapon.
May 29, 2015
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