Canada, 2012, 96 Minute Running Time
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles
Refreshingly honest and affecting in its evocation of both character and place, director Rafaël Ouellet’s drama is as precise and direct as its one-word title suggests (“camion” is French for “truck”). Widower Germain (the impressive Julien Poulin) has been hauling freight through the Quebecois countryside for decades until, one day, a horrible accident – not his fault ¬– makes it psychologically impossible for him to continue. His sons, Samuel (Patrice Dubois), a Montreal janitor, and rootless Alain (Stéphane Breton), make the journey to their small town family home to see if they can help their father get back on his feet.
What seems simple at first gains depth and weight as Ouellet (whose father was a trucker) slowly reveals the emotionally closed-off trio’s various back stories, while punctuating his narrative with grounded observations of what life is like in this hard rural milieu. There are no gratuitous plot twists or grand resolutions – just a glimmer of hope arising from the carefully observed details of character and setting that make for exquisite cinematic drama.
Winner: Best Director, Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Director Rafaël Ouellet expected to attend the January 4 and January 7 screenings
DIRECTOR: Rafaël Ouellet
Producer: Stéphanie Morissette
Editor: Rafaël Ouellet
Screenwriter: Rafaël Ouellet
Cinematographer: Geneviève Perron
Music: Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool
Principal Cast: Julien Poulin, Patrice Dubois, Stéphane Breton, Jacob Tierney, Noemie Godin-Vigneau
Filmography: New Denmark (2009), Behind Me (2008), Mona’s Daughters (2007)
Print Source: Coop Video De Montreal - www.coopvideo.com