2013. Canada. Francois Delisle. 85 min.
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2013. Canada. Directed by Francois Delisle. The story begins with an accident and ends with a funeral. In between, the film follows Pierre, who is carrying out a jail sentence for a hit and run, his aging mother, and his ex-wife. The characters’ confessional monologues are related via their disembodied voices over prolonged shots of the subjects, but also of anonymous condo buildings, shadows dancing on wooden floorboards, a treescape in the winter, and the tide breaking on the rocks. This imagery at times affirms the words being said, and at others acts as an abstract backdrop for Pierre's descriptions of the drudgery of prison, or for the women's accounts of their attempts to restore normalcy to their lives since Pierre's incarceration. The distance created is akin to the Plexiglass barriers in prison visiting rooms, and it heightens the sincere portrayal of difficult emotion. 85 min.