Best BC Film
Grace (Lauren Lee Smith) had not spoken to her late father, the fabled Québécois filmmaker John Laurentian, in years. So she surprised herself when, on a trip to pick up some of his belongings, she offers to help put together a retrospective of his work. Not only has she not seen any of it (their rift was spectacularly traumatic), she knows nothing about curating. She is also a shut-in who rarely ventures outside the condo she shares with her husband, Ben (Ben Cotton). Grace struggles along fitfully, dozing off while watching her father's movies (all of them involving love triangles), and discussing her inertia with her confidante, Clem (Jennifer Beals). By chance, she meets Adam (Kett Turton), a neighbor who is an expert on all things Laurentian and offers to help her out. As Grace digs deeper into her father's life and work, and after a disturbing encounter with his long-time lover and lead actress Sophie (Gabrielle Rose) , she finds herself taking on his persona.
Cinemanovels is a sly and funny family drama about how Grace can be such a profound mystery to herself and her confusion is transfixing and strangely exhilarating. And Cinemanovels, as with the best realist films, there is an examination of our binary social codes: men and women, money and power, cinema and lifeas some things are resolved and others remain elusive. We are more than happy to stumble along with Grace her as she tries to navigate the unfamiliar terrain of self-discovery.
Directed by Terry Miles, Canada, 2013, 89 mins. In English and French with English subtitles.Official site