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Film info: Curling

Film Information

Original Title Curling
English Title Curling
Director Denis Côté
Year 2010
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 92 min
  • Emmanuel Bilodeau, Philomène Bilodeau, Roc Lafortune, Sophie Desmarais, Muriel Dutil
  • Guión: Denis Côté
  • Fotografía: Josée Deshaies
  • Montaje: Nicolas Roy
  • Producción: Denis Côté, Stéphanie Morisette


Dennis Côté’s films pivot on two main issues: loneliness and isolation –and their consequences, of course. In Curling, we see Jean-Francois, a man who lives in a very small town (barely a hamlet), guards an abandoned hotel, and works in a bowling alley. He has a twelve year-old daughter, Julyvonne, whom he doesn’t send to school so she will not be contaminated by the world and institutionalized education. And he educates her –not very successfully, considering Julyvonne’s lack of adaptation with her peers and her intellectual difficulties– at home. Both the distrustful father and her daughter have withdrawn characters, and isolation (double isolation in the case of Julyvonne) might turn them into the object of a cruel story, but Côté makes his more crystalline film to date, a hopeful one we might even say. With very beautiful framings that make the most out of the stunning and inhospitable snowy landscape, as well as a secure narration that permits itself some detours and a singular humor, Curling is probably the most composed of the director’s films, and the definitive confirmation of his unique voice.

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