Canada

Rafaël Ouellet – New Denmark (2009)

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Clara spent the summer of his 16 years seeking his missing sister. Local authorities do not move. The mother is bedridden. The adults in the village seem busy with other things. Between his summer job, take care of the family home and his little sister, Clara focuses his energies to find Margarete. Aided by her friends, she searched fields, rivers, edges of highways. For Clara, the body of his elder can be under any bridge, behind any door in any warehouse. When the mystery is solved, Clara finds himself more alone and helpless. Continues his research and focus far from home.

Through an initiatory quest where dialogues are reduced to their simplest expression in favor of suggestive images and some clues gleaned here and there, the girl (Clara Turcotte) in shock oscillates between dream and reality. Read More »

Claude Jutra – Kamouraska (1973) (HD)

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A writer, Kamouraska is based on a real nineteenth-century love-triangle in rural Québec. It paints a poetic and terrifying tableau of the life of Elisabeth d’Aulnières: her marriage to Antoine Tassy, squire of Kamouraska; his violent murder; and her passion for George Nelson, an American doctor. Passionate and evocative, Kamouraska is the timeless story of one woman’s destructive commitment to an ideal love. Read More »

Geneviève Dulude-De Celles – Une colonie AKA A Colony (2018) (HD)

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Colony is a Canadian drama film from Quebec, directed by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles and released in 2018. The film centres on Mylia, a young girl starting high school who is torn between her new friendships with Jacinthe, a bad influence who encourages her to experiment with sex and alcohol, and Jimmy, an artistic First Nations student. The film’s cast also includes Irlande Côté as Mylia’s younger sister Camille, and Noémie Godin-Vigneau and Robin Aubert as their parents.
Camille wanders through the countryside talking with frogs and chickens: she sails through life as a carefree soul. But for her older sister, the introverted Mylia, things are more complicated. Mylia is lost between the uncertainty in her family life, the superficial atmosphere at her new school and her first experiences at house parties. It is Camille who eventually introduces Mylia to Jimmy. The boy from the nearby Abenaki reserve is different and he encourages her to break free. Read More »

Jean Pierre Lefebvre – Les dernières fiançailles AKA The Last Betrothal (1973)

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The sweet life of a couple together for seventy years. After another cardiac incident, Armand knows he doesn’t have much time left. But after all these years in the same house, he doesn’t want to die somewhere else. His wife Rose has secretly decided she will die as she lived: with him. Read More »

Karim Hussain – Subconscious Cruelty (2000)

“Subconscious Cruelty” is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball – a naked woman is sliced by a sharp blade and an eyeball is removed from her belly. Human Larvae – a deranged man that hates his sister that is pregnant kills her newborn offspring and she during the delivery. Rebirth – a group of naked people rolls around in mud and blood. Right Brain/Martyrdom – religious symbolism associated with gore and sex. Read More »

Ghyslaine Côté – Elles étaient cinq AKA The Five of Us (2004)

In Montreal, the teenagers Manon, Anne, Isa, Claudie and Sophie are friends since their childhood. While spending a couple of days in the cottage of Sophie’s parents nearby a lake, the girls decide to give a party, and Manon and Sophie hitch for a ride to the town in a jeep to buy some beers and supplies and they invite the driver to the party. On the return, the same driver stops the car and later Sophie is found stabbed, raped and covered of blood. Fifteen years later, Manon sees the guy in a car-wash and she invites her former friends to return to the house nearby the lake, where wounds of their traumatic loss are disclosed. Read More »

Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson & Guy Maddin – Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (2015)

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This stirring, anarchic behind-the-scenes look at Paul Gross’ Hyena Road uses everything from psychedelia to instructional videos to question both the validity of war movies and Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Read More »