Director Denis Cote’s ‘Curling’ falls into a style of filmmaking that has been prevalent over the last several years.
Set in a small sleepy town, it follows the mundane life of Jean-Francois Sauvageau and his daughter Julyvonne, which is slowly altered by circumstances of their own choosing.
Jean-Francois is a protective father, not allowing his daughter to go to school, and enclosing her in their small apartment and surrounding environment. The occasional moments of reward for her is the opportunity to listen to music on the radio.Yes, this is a quirky drama, that delivers strong performances by Emmanuel Bilodeau and Philomene Bilodeau (real life father and daughter), and they manage to deliver performances of characters who are slightly removed from the rest of this world.
Denis Cote poses a question; Is a person, who is so protected from the outside world, immune to the dangers and decisions that await everyone else ? And that ultimately is the underlying premise of this slow burning drama.There are many aspects during the film that bring back memories of previous performances – the setting and slow moving story reminds one of the Academy Award nominated ‘Winters Bone’, and the role of an over protecting father who shelters his daughter from the real word mirrors the strange ‘Dogtooth’ that polarised audiences last year. The title of film, to me, isn’t a true reflection of what the film delivers. Although the pastime of Curling does play a role in the film story, it is a very minor one, and certainly not enough to to drive home the metaphor it was intending.
‘Curling’ begins strongly, with visually striking imagery, but ultimately never reach the potential which is hinted at in the opening scenes.
Directed by: Denis Cote
Running Time: 92 minutes
Score: 2 stars.