National Canadian Film Day

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Help The NB Film Co-Op Celebrate National Canadian Film Day with a showing of Tu Dors Nicole – April 29, 2015

1699~v~tu-dors-nicole-original-french-version-April 29 is National Canadian Film Day, a day to throw off the shackles of fear and insecurity, stand together with Canadians from coast to coast and pat ourselves on the back for something other than various ice-related sports and sports-related doughnut shops. (Not that we don’t love ice-related sports and doughnuts.) It’s a light-hearted intervention for our national consciousness, a wake-up call to anyone who has not yet been exposed to the great cinematic stories we tell one another in this cold, vast country. It is a way to get over ourselves and have some FUN!

National Canadian Film Day is presented by REEL CANADA and supported – without apology – by Scotiabank, Cineplex, CBC and a host of film festivals, movie clubs, schools, broadcasters and industry organizations.

On Wednesday, April 29, help the NB Film Co-op celebrate Canada by watching a great Canadian film in Tilly Hall, Room 102 on the UNB Campus at 7:30pm. The film will be shown free of charge!

Tu dors Nicole

Stéphane Lafleur
Canada, 2014
French with English subtitles
93 minutes
Principal Cast: Julianne Côté, Catherine St-Laurent, Marc André-Grondin, Simon Larouche, Juliette Gosselin

A critical hit at Cannes, the third fiction feature by Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, un film sans fusil, En terrains connus) once again displays his trademark absurdist humour and sense of ennui, honing in on twenty somethings at an existential crossroads.

Nicole (Julianne Côté, Sarah Prefers to Run) is adrift after her graduation, working a dead-end summer job in her small Quebec hometown and lazing away her evenings with her best pal Véronique (Catherine St-Laurent). Nicole is looking forward to having the house to herself while her parents are away on vacation — until her older brother Remi (Marc-André Grodin, C.R.A.Z.Y.) unexpectedly returns with his bandmates in tow, disrupting the girls’ languid summer. Friendships quickly cool when Remi’s new drummer, JF (Simon Larouche), piques Nicole’s interest, and it becomes clear that something has to — and will — change.

Shot in luminous black and white, Tu dors Nicole is infused with a gorgeously sultry melancholy, particularly in the scenes where the insomniac Nicole wanders her neighbourhood in the middle of the night, marvelling at how much goes on while the rest of the world is asleep. Brilliantly capturing that liminal stage where the fading yet familiar attachments of childhood still seem far more appealing than the sterility of the grown-up world, Tu dors Nicole shows one of our finest young filmmakers at the peak of his powers.

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