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La disparition des lucioles (The Fireflies are Gone)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

This screening is presented in partnership with Association franco-yukonnaise.

Comédie dramatique de Sébastien Pilote. Avec Karelle Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brillant, François Papineau. Léonie est une jeune fille marginale qui s'apprête à terminer son secondaire dans une petite ville industrielle. Elle vit avec sa mère et son beau-père, un animateur de radio populiste qu'elle tient responsable de l'exil de son père, le chef d'un syndicat déchu. Elle développe une relation d'amitié improbable avec Steve, un professeur de guitare beaucoup plus âgé qu'elle, qui habite encore dans le sous-sol de la maison de sa mère. Elle tâchera de se définir comme individu et de trouver sa voie, au rythme de quelques leçons de guitare et de sorties sur le terrain de baseball.

 

English synopsis

La disparition des lucioles brings to life the trials and triumphs of Léonie (Karelle Tremblay), a teenager waiting to finish high school and escape her industrial town. The story is anchored by the strong friendship between Léo and her much older guitar teacher, Steve (Pierre-Luc Brillant), which defies expectations as it touches on the characters' battling egos and negotiations of power.

While fantastical in spirit and carried by emotional music cues, Sébastien Pilote's film embraces a naturalism that showcases the social concerns of Quebec's Saguenay region. As clichéd as it may be to point out that there is universality to be found in the specific, Pilote's care in portraying Chicoutimi's main strip and mountainous suburbs enlivens Léo's mundane world to create a highly relatable sense of collective alienation. And yet, with its hazy, dreamlike feel and many nocturnal sequences, La disparition des lucioles is a film that also captures the otherworldliness of nighttime giving way to the dawn.

In French with English subtitles

Selected one of the TIFF Top Ten Canadian films of 2019.

"A beautifully shot and edited character study that captures some of the most elusive feelings that accompany the transition to adulthood."

- Ken Eisener, Georgia Straight

  • Directed by Sébastien Pilote
  • 2018, Canada
  • 96 minutes
  • Film Subtitled

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