Vic + Flo saw a bear

Vic + Flo saw a bear

DVD - 2014 | French
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A darkly mysterious tale of two lesbian ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic's probation officer keeps unexpectedly popping up and a strange woman in the neighborhood soon turns out to be a sinister force from Flo's past.
Publisher: [Brooklyn, NY ] : Kimstim, c2014
Branch Call Number: DVD FRE FIC VIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Sep 11, 2017

Writer/director Denis Côté’s perfectly downplayed three-hander mixes elements of a thriller with moments of dry humour to produce a bitter love story whose moments of quiet tenderness seem constantly undermined by jagged edges and a sense of restlessness. With only the barest of musical scores he relies instead on natural settings and ambient sound to compliment a host of powerful performances. Wind sighs through the forest, sunlight filters through its leaves, and an almost preternatural silence seems to follow Vic and Flo wherever they go. Leads Pierette Robitaille and Romane Bohringer share an onscreen chemistry which makes their romantic tribulations painfully real while Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y.), playing Vic's grounded parole officer, provides a constant reality check. A tragic, heartfelt gem of a film perfectly bookended by a little scout and his discordant trumpet solos.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 12, 2015

This film from Quebec has the ingredients of a good art-house movie but unexplained plot details and a fragmented script took away the opportunity. The story is about a 61-yr old ex-convict (why she was in prison was never explained) who retreated to a sugar farm, with her same-sex lover, but both met with a violent end which, again, was never explained properly. There were moments of competent acting and directing, but in the end the whole missed the mark. In French with subtitles.

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JackamoJames
Feb 09, 2015

Not too sure what some people were raving about...verrrrry slow to build. artsy?...I guess. riveting?.not.

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Tj2C
Oct 25, 2014

Yes, it is intriguing. I also like the vibrant camera shots.

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A_Falkov
Oct 24, 2014

Check your prejudices at the door (it's a Canadian film...it's a FRENCH-Canadian film...it's main characters are dykes... it's an independent film [small budget]...) or miss out on what is hands-down one of the greatest examples of the Crime-film genre ever produced in any country. Has a bite that recalls the gut-punch-line that caps off the original-film version of the mournfully-dark Scandinavian mystery ''The Vanishing''. The two main stars are genuinely intriguing in their characters as this modern country-noir unspools secrets and lies that brings ''star-crossed'' into the realm of epic multi-world destroying calamity that the expression suggests. ''People like me don't really exist'', the villain/antagonist offers towards this film's startling climax; and only the dead know why this statement is true.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 12, 2015

Violence: Scenes of violence and death.

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