Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
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Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
Canada, 2013, 95 Minute Running Time
Program: World Cinema Now

Denis Côté weds the tropes of the revenge film with his own idiosyncratic tendencies to dizzying effect in this dark fairytale. Instead of the traditional “cabin in the woods,” a derelict sugar shack in the Quebec countryside serves as the stage for the betrayals and reprisals that punctuate this alluring cinematic murder ballad concerning two ill-fated lovers.

Having seen out their sentences, ex-cons Victoria (Pierrette Robitaille) and Florence (Romane Bohringer) want nothing more than to be left well enough alone. However, a malevolent figure from their past is intent on hunting them down and taking its pound of flesh. Eliciting affecting performances from his leads (as well as Marc-André Grondin as their inscrutable parole officer), Côté fully invests us in a relationship beset by insecurities and infidelity. And while it features frequent moments of dark humor, "Vic + Flo" hinges on the nerve-fraying atmosphere fueled by its characters' anxieties and Melissa Lavergne's restless, rattling score.

Côté's technical prowess is evident in his precise execution of the cold-blooded climax but also the eerie beauty he allows to creep into the ethereal denouement. It’s Côté’s most powerful work to date.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Actor

DIRECTOR: Denis Côté
Producer: Sylvain Corbeil, Stéphanie Morissette
Editor: Nicolas Roy
Screenwriter: Denis Côté
Cinematographer: Ian Lagarde
Music: Melissa Lavergne
Principal Cast: Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin, Marie Brassard, Georges Molnar
Filmography: Bestiaire (2012)
Curling (2010)
Carcasses (2009)
All That She Wants (2008)
Drifting States (2005)

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