Whistler Film Festival 2020


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When this film was theatrically released in Quebec at the end of September, it quickly rose to the number one spot at the boxoffice, only to have its release truncated by the closure of Quebec cinemas in the second week of October.

Yet another astutely observed coming-of-age story (see WFF18 Borsos Award winner UNE COLONIE) set in the 90s around the rise of grunge music, the film follows Catherine (Kelly Depeault), a sixteen-year-old in rural Quebec, whose parents are getting a divorce and who seems to be entering her rebellious stage. It is a familiar story that the province’s filmmakers seem to have mastered as a film genre. She is a shy high-school girl who is sometimes bullied by those around her. Hanging around with friends in shopping mall parking lots and abandoned shacks, she starts experimenting with mescaline and sex. Even when tragedy strikes within her ranks, the spiral of self-indulgence she has allowed herself to drift into will be hard to break. Depeault is simply unforgettable in the lead role.

“…a beautiful coming-of-age drama that you should watch…through the story of the teens, it feels like the film writes itself…it is the story of freedom that all teens seek. ****” Ishita Mishtra, High on Films

“…an effective and memorable film that’s disturbing in several distinct ways…Depeault…confidently crawls under your skin with an unreal performance. 4/5 stars” Seth Eelen, into:screens

Berlin Film Festival
Giffoni Film Festival
Quebec City International Film Festival (Winner: Grand Jury Prize)
  • Year
  • Runtime
    105 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    English Canadian Premiere
  • Rating
    Contains strong language, nudity, sexuality, drugs
  • Note
    French language with English subtitles
  • Director
    Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
  • Screenwriter
    Catherine Léger
  • Producer
    Luc Vandal
  • Executive Producer
    Tim Ringuette
  • Cast
    Kelly Depeault, Caroline Néron, Normand D'Amour, Éléonore Loiselle, Robin L'Houmeau, Antoine DesRochers, Noah Parker
  • Cinematographer
    Jonathan Decoste