Louise by the Shore

screens: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 19:00
location: 
VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
tickets: 
$10 adult; $7 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Director: 
Jean-François Laguionie
length: 
75min
year: 
2016
country: 
France

In French with English subtitles.

CLOSING NIGHT FILM | WEST COAST PREMIERE

Alone in the small Breton seaside resort town where she habitually spends her summers, septuagenarian Louise (voiced by Dominique Frot) realizes that she’s stranded; the last train has departed without her. On the final day of summer, the weather suddenly turns for the worse, and Louise isn’t sure she will be able to make it through the winter alone. After some consideration, she finds a kind of liberation in her solitude. This enhances her self-reliance and unleashes memories which are heightened by her whimsical imagination. Jean-François Laguionie's inspired hand-drawn animations have been painstakingly rendered, frame by frame, to capture the beach-town’s pastel hues and moody blues -- a reflection of Louise's inner experience as she ruminates on her curious teenage escapades and childhood adventures. Louise’s surreal dreamscapes float around, igniting the vitality of her youth, revealing the shadows of her past, and examining her mortality. Louise’s vigor for life, gentleness, and endearing idiosyncrasies make for a captivating, minimal portrait of a woman who is literally and figuratively at one with herself.

Recommended for ages 13+

Themes: animation, childhood, elders, memory, imagination, female experience

Trailer

Advisory: The talking skeleton of a pilot from WWII hangs from a tree in childhood flashback / dream-like sequence. 

PRECEDED BY:

Mamie
Janice Nadeau | Canada | 6min

Mamie lives in Gaspésie, Québec, in a house that faces away from the sea. Her granddaughter wonders why it’s so difficult for her Mamie to show her affection. In this wondrous animation, filmmaker Janice Nadeau draws from her own childhood memories to share a personal and touching story about the break in ‘passing things on’ between her and her grandmother.

 

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Director's Bio: 
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