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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
Audience Award: Best Actress Seattle Film Fest
"Deadpan on Ice...Earns two adjectives that rarely go together: breezy and bold...Its simultaneously silly and grave tone finds humor in the characters' delusions and obsessions while celebrating their uniqueness." -New York Times
Critic's pick! "The three directors -- Abel, Gordon, and Bruno Romy -- are prodigious performers, and the movie they've cooked up plays like a circusy hallucination on Ibsen's A Doll's House addled with Close Encounters of the Third Kind." -New York Magazine
-New York Post
"The film's deliberate color palette and tightly choreographed, perfectly timed sequences recall Jacques Tati. But there's an irreverent, off-center humor here that's distinctly their own" -TV Guide
"Striking and often charming" -The Onion
In the late stages of hypothermia some people can become irrational, perhaps that is what happened to Fiona when she accidentally locked herself in her restaurants freezer overnight. After being found barely alive the next day Fiona thaws out and heads home to discover that her husband and family didn't even notice she was gone. Still in a half-frozen daze Fiona starts becoming obsessed with all things cold; snow, polar bears, fridges, icebergs. She climbs into the back of a frozen goods delivery truck and sets off on a journey toward the iceberg of her dreams. A deaf lovesick sailor, who is charming but also longing for something more, helps Fiona on her way to the iceberg. However Fiona's husband has not forgotten her and is hot on their trail, assuming they are lovers on the run he will stop at nothing to split them apart. From its strangely enticing beginning all the way to its picture perfect ending the film manages to tell a very simple story in a most unique way.
Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy, 2005, 35mm, 84 mins. In French with English subtitles.