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Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

Vic + Flo ont vu un ours

Directed by Denis Côté
Canada, 2013
Drama, Crime, Thriller


Vic, a woman who has just been released from prison, moves into a relative’s house in the Canadian forest and receives a visit from her lover, Flo. Soon, their reunion is threatened by a treacherous shadow from a criminal past…

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Vic + Flo Saw a Bear Directed by Denis Côté
Director Denis Côté orchestrates their scenes with deadpan humor and a musical sense of choreography that resembles Wes Anderson, but without the cuteness factor. Côté’s world has no mercy but still yields a breathtaking beauty.
December 13, 2014
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With this feature, Côté breaks new ground in terms of his own oeuvre, and has made one of the more challenging films about love and desire… By the time Vic + Flo comes to its brutal end (given the sense of doom that infuses the film, this is no surprise, but the devil is in the horrific details), Côté has created a world that’s equal parts tender love and sheer terror. It’s not a comfortable world, but it’s also one that isn’t easily forgotten, regardless of geographic location.
December 10, 2014
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[Côté’s] work has a mischievous edge; characters aren’t introduced but simply appear, seemingly coaxed from thin air, their significance unclear. He excels in subverting one’s expectations—the gritty cinematography, for instance, dampens the idyllic, arboreal setting, and woven into the action are subtle strands of paranoia, passion, and malice. As Côté dives deeper into these moods, the film turns aggressive and impressionistic, moving from low-key drama to tragicomic fairy tale.
February 05, 2014
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