LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES, THE
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Based on Quebec author Gaétan Soucy's critically acclaimed novel, Simon Lavoie's stylish, black-and-white coming-of-age film charts the disintegration of a strange and haunted family in a remote, rural region of Quebec in the 1930s. This gothic noir psychodrama unfolds within the troubled, isolated and motherless Soisson family. The solitary alcoholic Soisson patriarch drinks every night and delivers intense, perplexing sermons to his teenage son and daughter in a ramshackle chapel in their house. He also forbids them any contact with the outside world. After his sudden death, however, the children have to fend for themselves and, as the outside world begins to encroach, they begin to doubt their father's teachings, soon uncovering disturbing family secrets. Revolving principally around the daughter (enigmatically named "Brother by Son"), LITTLE GIRL's unique, claustrophobic drama explores the tensions between sexuality and religion, tradition and modernity, while examining the dark, murky consequences of repression. (Note courtesy of Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute.) DIR/SCR Simon Lavoie, from the novel by Gaétan Soucy; PROD Marcel Giroux. Canada, 2017, b&w, 112 min. NOT RATED
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Simon Lavoie's films include the award-winning short A WHITE CHAPEL (2005) and the feature films THE DESERTER (2008) and THE TORRENT (2012). He also co-directed, with Mathieu Denis, LAURENTIE (2012) and THOSE WHO MAKE REVOLUTION HALFWAY ONLY DIG THEIR OWN GRAVES (2016). THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES is his most recent feature film.
"Shot in artful black-and-white... this is art-house fare that's challenging but also rewarding." – The Hollywood Reporter