Catch this double feature as part of our Canada Now: New Canadian Films series! Los Angeles Premieres with the filmmakers in person! In 1970s-set CROSS MY HEART, 12-year-old Manon forms a revolutionary group to avoid being separated from her younger brother. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES charts the disintegration of a strange family in a remote part of Quebec in the 1930s. Discussion following CROSS MY HEART with director Luc Picard. Discussion following THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES with director Simon Lavoie.
First up, is CROSS MY HEART (LES ROIS MONGOLS) directed by Luc Picard. This engaging family drama is set in Montreal during the 1970 “October Crisis,” when radical left-wing nationalist group Front de libération du Québec forced the province into a state of emergency with kidnappings, bombings and assassinations. Twelve-year-old Manon (Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau) is experiencing a more immediate crisis: With her father dying of cancer and her depressive mother unable to cope, she and her younger brother Michel are to be sent to separate foster families.
Manon has sworn to her brother that she will never leave him alone, so she hatches a daring plan - inspired by the political fervor in the city, she forms a revolutionary group of her own with her older cousins. They plot to kidnap their elderly neighbor and take off to a cabin in the country, where they spend their initial days enjoying newfound freedom from the influence of the grown-up world even as that adult world hunts for them.
Superbly crafted and very moving, the film was a hit at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. In French with English subtitles.
Discussion following CROSS MY HEART with director Luc Picard.
Then, the Los Angeles Premiere of THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES (LA PETITE FILLE QUI AIMAIT TROP LES ALLUMETTES) directed by Simon Lavoie.
Based on Quebec author Gaétan Soucy's critically acclaimed novel, Simon Lavoie’s stylish, black-and-white coming-of-age film charts the disintegration of a strange and haunted family in a remote rural region of Quebec in the 1930s.
This gothic noir psychodrama unfolds within the troubled, isolated and motherless Soisson family, whose alcoholic patriarch drinks every night and delivers intense, perplexing sermons to his teen son and daughter in a ramshackle chapel in their house. After his sudden death, the children have to fend for themselves; as the outside world begins to encroach, they begin to doubt their father's teachings and soon uncover disturbing family secrets.
Revolving principally around the daughter (enigmatically named “Brother by Son”), LITTLE GIRL’s unique, claustrophobic drama explores the tensions between sexuality and religion, tradition and modernity, as well as examining the dark, murky consequences of repression. In French with English subtitles.
Discussion following THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES with director Simon Lavoie.
Co-presented by Telefilm Canada in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and the Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles.
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