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The complex relationship between a single, reclusive Quebec father and his socially isolated daughter reaches a crucial breaking point when the young girl makes a grim discovery that compels her to break their suffocating cycle of dysfunction. Jean-François (Emmanuel Bilodeau) works two menial jobs, and refuses to let his 12-year-old daughter Julyvonne (Philomene Bilodeau) attend school. As a result, Julyvonne remains friendless, and fails to grasp the fine art of social interaction. But when the sequestered young girl learns a dark secret about her controlling father, the dynamics of their relationship are irreparably changed. … More
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Critic Reviews for Curling
"Curling" is, in part, a film about secrets. Maybe we know what's going on, maybe we don't. That subtly unsettling ambiguity is yet another thing that makes this beguiling film so enticingly different.
A bleakly allusive look at frozen lives, "Curling'' is very much a specialty item - a movie that goes nowhere slowly.
No fan of linear narrative, intent only on revealing things through a glass darkly, writer-director Denis Côté wants us to be puzzled. He succeeds rather too well.
Curling begins strongly, with visually striking imagery, but ultimately never reach the potential which is hinted at in the opening scenes.
It remains a mysterious, open film, uncluttered by any of the reassuring revelations or explanations that might console us and allay our fear of anything really imaginary.
Their relationship may be fractious, abusive and negligent, but aside from the bizarre scenarios the [father and daughter] finds themselves in, it's not all that unusual. Most of all, it feels loving. And you always hurt the ones you love.
The director sets a mood that is at once bleak and yet teems with dark, wild impulses that range from the carnal to the murderous.
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