Gimli Film Festival 2021

Prayer for a Lost Mitten + Q&A

Expired July 27, 2020 4:59 AM
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Lost and found items collected at the Montreal Metro—glasses, toques, gloves, wallets—patiently await their forgetful owners. A wide cross-section of transit users desperately describe their missing possession and look through bins with a hopeful gaze. Elegantly framing black-and-white images in the depths of dark and snowy winter nights, director Jean-François Lesage assembles a mesmerizing city symphony set against a clarinet-led jazz soundtrack. The familiar hustle of a major metropolis is hushed and the anonymity that keeps us separated melts like a snowflake, as strangers reveal their humanity and joyfully reunite with beloved items. This beautifully observed meditation on the nature of loss and memory brings together an eclectic range of subjects from all walks of life. The intimacy of their recollections and the respect with which they’re treated turns the mundane subject matter and deceptively simple premise into something transcendent. - Hot Docs 2020

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    79 minutes
  • Language
    English / French / Creole
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  • Director
    Jean-François Lesage