FOR THOSE WHO DON’T READ ME
À TOUS CEUX QUI NE ME LISENT PAS
2018, 107 min, Canada, Dir: Yan Giroux

All his life, Yves (Martin Dubreuil) has dedicated himself to writing poetry, regardless of the cost. After a chance meeting at a book launch, Yves hits on Dyane (Céline Bonnier), a graphic designer who falls for his charms and invites him into her home and her life. Her son (Henri Richer-Picard) takes an immediate dislike to this eccentric stranger but eventually the studious teenager is inspired by the bedraggled poet to explore his own artistic side. But Yves feels increasingly trapped and decides to reinvent himself again - is it too late? Loosely based on the life and work of Quebec poet Yves Boisvert (1950-2012), Giroux’s debut feature is an impressive tale of one man’s unusual quest for the meaning of life. In French with English subtitles.


CROSS MY HEART
LES ROIS MONGOLS
2017, 104 min, Canada, Dir: Luc Picard

This engaging family drama is set in Montreal during the 1970 “October Crisis,” when radical left-wing nationalist group Front de libération du Québec forced the province into a state of emergency with kidnappings, bombings and assassinations. Twelve-year-old Manon (Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau) is experiencing a more immediate crisis: With her father dying of cancer and her depressive mother unable to cope, she and her younger brother Michel are to be sent to separate foster families. Manon has sworn to her brother that she will never leave him alone, so she hatches a daring plan - inspired by the political fervor in the city, she forms a revolutionary group of her own with her older cousins. They plot to kidnap their elderly neighbor and take off to a cabin in the country, where they spend their initial days enjoying newfound freedom from the influence of the grown-up world even as that adult world hunts for them. Superbly crafted and very moving, the film was a hit at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.


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