From The Godfather trilogy to The Sopranos the cinematic sub-genre of “crime family drama” has always provided some of the most compelling onscreen stories. Sophie Dupuis’ provocative, discomfiting feature debut is no exception, but what sets her film apart is her choice to insinuate her camera right into the core of a troubled family, utilizing their criminal activities as narrative catalysts rather than an end in themselves. The fragile balance of the relationship between two brothers: the older JP (Jean-Simon Leduc), sensitive and yearning to go straight, and Vincent (Theodore Pellerin) — younger, unpredictable and violent — who thrills at his growing role in the family business. When their uncle ratchets up the pressure on his nephews to act as enforcers, JP realizes it’s up to him to to save his family. Notable for compelling performances and moments of intense psychological drama, Family First is a must-see.
In competition for the FIPRESCI Award.
|Original Language Title:||Chien de garde|
|Running Time:||87 minutes|
|Language:||in French with English subtitles (deaf-friendly)|
|Principal Cast:||Jean-Simon Leduc, Théodore Pellerin, Claudel Laberge, Maude Guérin, Paul Ahmarani|
|Music:||Gaëtan Gravel & Patrice Dubuc|
|Primary Company:||Axia Films Inc.|
guests in attendance
Director Sophie Dupuis