Curling (2010)



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Set on the fringe of society in a remote part of the countryside, Curling takes a keen look at the unusual private life of a father and his daughter. Between his unremarkable jobs, Jean-François (Emmanuel Bilodeau) devotes an awkward energy to Julyvonne (Philomène Bilodeau). The fragile balance of their relationship will be jeopardized by some bleak circumstances.(C) Big World Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Curling

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

"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.

Nov 10, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A bleakly allusive look at frozen lives, "Curling'' is very much a specialty item - a movie that goes nowhere slowly.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Mar 4, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Haunting, humane, a bit mysterious, and often very funny, Curling succeeds as a story of two characters whose escape routes from despair are as idiosyncratic as they are.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…

A slow burn that respects the audience's literacy.

Mar 20, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 8, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Curling

Enigmatic film about a man in rural Quebec living with his daughter who he has tried to shield from the outside world. Similar in theme to DOGTOOTH but more rooted in reality, paints a portrait of an ordinary man futilely trying to protect his child. Quiet and thoughtful, a bit aimless, but carries the melancholy weight of a parent's fear for their children in a dangerous world.

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