Ghost Town Anthology
When a young man commits suicide—or did he?—the insularity of his small Quebec town intensifies the grief and the mystery, especially after visions from the past start to reappear.
The Quebecois village of Irénée-les-Neiges has a ghost problem. Throughout the forbidding, snowy winterscape, mysterious figures thought long dead keep appearing to the 215 haunted residents, along with a group of masked children who may or may not be of this world. The supernatural activity begins with a car crashing into concrete blocks, killing the 21-year-old driver, Simon (Philippe Charette), in an apparent, inexplicable suicide. Tragedy deeply scars the family, including his grieving parents, Gisèle (Josée Deschênes) and Romuald (Jean-Michel Anctil), who are incapable of believing their son could commit such a selfish, monstrous act, and his older brother Jimmy (Robert Naylor), who is driven to fits of anger. The town's residents, too, react in differing ways to the suicide, which conjures strange noises and apparitions of the village's troubled past and its tragedies, including Simon himself. The mayor Simone (Diane Lavallée) and diner-owner Pierre (Hubert Proulx) are defiant and determined to revive the town with new development, while others seem content to head for the city and abandon Irénée-les-Neiges to its ghosts. Shot on grainy 16mm stock, Canadian director Denis Côté's melancholy film is a disquieting, elegiac study of the fate of small towns in North America, once so full of optimism but now emptying out, leaving only mournful echoes of the dead.
Denis Côté is an experimental, independent filmmaker living in Quebec, Canada and is of Brayon origin. After directing many short films and working as an esteemed journalist and film critic for the French Canadian magazine ICI from 1995 to 2005, he made his feature-film debut with Drifting States (2005). His other features include Our Private Lives (2007), All That She Wants (2008), and Curling (2010). Ghost Town Anthology is his eleventh feature film.
Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada, Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles
- Original Language Title: Repertoire des villes disparues
- Director: Denis Côté
- Principal Cast: Robert Naylor, Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil
- Premiere Status: US Premiere
- Country: Canada (Québec)
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 97 minutes
- Producer: Ziad Touma
- Screenplay: Denis Côté
- Cinematographers: Francois Messier-Rheault
- Editors: Nicolas Roy
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: A Skin So Soft (Doc., 2017); Boris Without Beatrice (2016); Joy of Man’s Desiring (Doc., 2014); Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013); Bestiaire (Doc., 2012); Curling (2010); Carcasses (2009); All That She Wants (2008); Our Private Lives (2007); Drifting States (2005)
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Films Boutique