Sarah Prefers to Run

Sarah Prefers to Run  {SARAH PRÉFÈRE LA COURSE}
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Sarah Prefers to Run
Canada, 2013, 96 Minute Running Time
Topics: Gay/Lesbian, Sports, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Sometimes audacity shows itself in restraint and discipline. To make a film about a middle-distance track runner, for instance, and to refrain from getting caught up in competition, or indeed from showing races at all… that takes a remarkable self-confidence. Chloé Robichaud’s self-belief is not misplaced. This is a completely assured and accomplished first feature from the 25-year-old Canadian, a character study about a young woman who may (one surmises) resemble the filmmaker in some respects: determination, focus, conviction.

Sarah (Sophie Desmarais) is a potential Olympic hopeful, a kid on the point of transition to college and adulthood. Neatly sidestepping her mom’s objections, she lands a scholarship to McGill University in Montreal, and sweet-talks a male friend into making the leap along with her, thereby securing a flat mate. Robichaud traces the progress of this amicable, initially platonic relationship – which includes a reckless, mercenary marriage pact – with unforced ease, subtly revealing the fault-lines running through Sarah’s best-laid plans, both at home and on the track.

Winner: Best Film, Baja International Film Festival; Women in Film Award, Vancouver Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Chloé Robichaud
Producer: Fanny-Laure Malo
Editor: Michel Arcand
Screenwriter: Chloé Robichaud
Cinematographer: Jessica Lee Gagne
Principal Cast: Sophie Desmarais, Jean-Sébastien Courchesne, Geneviève Boivin-Roussy, Helene Florent, Eve Duranceau, Micheline Lanctot, Pierre-Luc Lafontaine, Benoit Gouin
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: eOne Films International

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