ALFF ONLINE - Richelieu
After a bad breakup, Ariane tries to get her life back on track and moves back to her hometown and in with her mother. To save her sinking finances, she takes a job as a French-to-Spanish interpreter at the local corn plant for the seasonal migrant employees. Ariane befriends Manuel, an illiterate, young man who has left his small children behind in Guatemala to earn as much as he can in Canada. As she begins to witness how the workers are being taken advantage of, she’s forced to choose between turning a blind eye to protect her own job and standing up for the humanity of her fellow workers.
Beautifully photographed and elegantly constructed, Richelieu paints an undeniable portrait of a crisis unfolding across North America. Director Pier-Philippe Chevigny delivers an assured, emotionally resonant first feature which announces the arrival of a new Canadian talent.
In French and Spanish with English subtitles.
Content advisory: Depictions of racism, coarse language, violence, and crude content.