A young mother (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her eight-year-old son hustle their way from motel to motel along the American-Canadian border in this uncompromising yet beautifully empathetic portrait of life on the fringes of society.
When director Vladimir de Fontenay witnessed the unexpected sight of a prefabricated home being towed down the highway, it inspired him to make this deeply felt, visually exquisite first feature. Ali (Imogen Poots, Green Room), her boyfriend Evan, and their son Bone lead an itinerant life along the American-Canadian border. Crashing in cheap motels and regularly skipping out on restaurant bills, the trio earn a subsistence livelihood hustling small-time drug deals, selling birds for cockfights, and sheer luck. Evan builds grand fantasies about building a successful future, but his habitual irresponsibility worries Ali. After one frighteningly close brush with the law, Ali and Bone hideout for a night in an empty mobile home, unaware it is set to be removed to a new camp. Come morning, mother and son find themselves possessed of an opportunity to create their lives anew. Based on the director's short film of the same title, which played SIFF 2013, Mobile Homes is an uncompromising yet beautifully empathic portrait of those vulnerable individuals living a rootless existence within society's margins, resiliently striving to achieve what many of us simply take for granted.
Well known for inventive gritty imagery and a lingering pace that creates a wistful tone, Paris native Vladimir de Fontenay deeply invests in his films to tell an authentic story. His latest feature, Mobile Homes (2017), was based around his work with non-profit organizations that focused on victims of trafficking readjusting to society and the hardships that they face.
Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada
- Director: Vladimir de Fontenay
- Principal Cast: Imogen Poots, Callum Turner, Callum Keith Rennie
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Canada, France
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 105 minutes
- Producer: Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Eric Dupont, Mike MacMillan
- Screenplay: Vladimir de Fontenay, Danielle Lessovitz
- Cinematographers: Benoit Soler
- Editors: Nicolas Chaudeurge, Maxime Pozzi-Garcia, Andonis Trattos
- Music: Matthew Otto
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Memoria (2015); The Doorman (doc) (2009)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Dark Star Pictures
- International Sales: Mongrel Media