Director Rafael Ouellet scheduled to attend | May 29 & May 30
When a sixty-year-old truck driver gets in a head-on collision, his quiet life is suddenly thrown into a tailspin. A finely crafted drama about a working-class family that reconnects in the wake of an accident. Winner, Best Director and Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
|May 8, 2013||2:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 29, 2013||6:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 30, 2013||4:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Refreshingly honest in its treatment of both character and place, director Rafaël Ouellet's Québécois family drama is as precise and direct as its one-word title suggests ("camion" is French for "truck"). After long haul trucker and widower Germain (the impressive Julien Poulin) is involved with a head-on collision, he finds himself remorseful and depressed, no longer able to continue his work. Concerned for his wellbeing, Germain's sons, janitor Samuel (Patrice Dubois), and rootless Alain (Stéphane Breton), return to their small town family home to help their father get back on his feet while attempting to solve their own romantic and psychological crises. An understated and redemptive drama about the hazards of the past, Ouellet punctuates his three-character narrative with grounded observations of what life is like in this hard rural milieu. With no gratuitous plot twists or grand resolution, the carefully observed details of character and setting make for an exquisite cinematic drama.
Rafaël Ouellet is a television director from Canada who graduated to directing, writing, producing, and editing his own feature films including, Mona's Daughters, Behind Me, and New Denmark. Ouellet’s most recent work, Finissant(e)s, premiered at Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois this past February.
Sponsored in part by Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Canada, Canada-America Society
|Principal Cast:||Julien Poulin, Patrice Dubois, Stéphane Breton|
|Running Time:||95 minutes|
|Music:||Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool|
|Awards:||Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012 (Best Director, Ecumenical Prize); Jutra Awards 2013 (Best Actor, Score)|
|Filmography:||New Denmark (2009); Behind Me (2008); Mona’s Daughters (2007)|