THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES
LA PETITE FILLE QUI AIMAIT TROP LES ALLUMETTES
2017, Gravitas Ventures, 112 min, Canada, Dir: Simon Lavoie

Based on Quebec author Gaétan Soucy's critically acclaimed novel, Simon Lavoie’s stylish, black-and-white coming-of-age film charts the disintegration of a strange and haunted family in a remote rural region of Quebec in the 1930s. This gothic noir psychodrama unfolds within the troubled, isolated and motherless Soisson family, whose alcoholic patriarch drinks every night and delivers intense, perplexing sermons to his teen son and daughter in a ramshackle chapel in their house. After his sudden death, the children have to fend for themselves; as the outside world begins to encroach, they begin to doubt their father's teachings and soon uncover disturbing family secrets. Revolving principally around the daughter (enigmatically named “Brother by Son”), LITTLE GIRL’s unique, claustrophobic drama explores the tensions between sexuality and religion, tradition and modernity, as well as examining the dark, murky consequences of repression.


THOSE WHO MAKE REVOLUTION HALFWAY ONLY DIG THEIR OWN GRAVES
CEUX QUI FONT LES RÉVOLUTIONS À MOITIÉ N’ONT FAIT QUE SE CREUSER UN TOMBEAU
2016, 183 min, Canada, Dir: Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie

Inspired by Quebec’s Maple Spring student protests in 2012, this ambitious look at the radicalization of the young was named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Gabrielle Tremblay, Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez, Laurent Belanger and Charlotte Aubin play increasingly violent activists whose underground cell is threatened by poverty and infighting as well as by the police. “Denis and Lavoie break down this explosive chemistry element by element, but they’re not clinical about it in the least. Their film pulses with the vitality of four young people who, however flawed or foolhardy, sincerely want to change the world.” - Scott Tobias, Variety.


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