Familiar Ground

2011

Familiar Ground

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80%

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Total Count: 5

62%

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Movie Info

Maryse and her husband are desperate to sell a backhoe sitting abandoned in their suburban yard. Her brother, Benoit, is trapped in endless adolescence, sharing their childhood home with their invalid father. Benoit is enamored with a single mom named Nathalie, and he's hoping to finally grow up by living with her... but Nathalie's son does not approve. A serious accident at the factory where Maryse works, a strange series of coincidences, and the arrival of a man claiming to come from the future launch Maryse and Benoit on a life-changing road trip. Following up his acclaimed feature film "Continental, A Film Without Guns," filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur once again brings us an ensemble of compelling characters, in a story where the ordinary and the fantastic collide.

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Critic Reviews for Familiar Ground

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

  • All this sounds terribly "indie," admittedly. But thankfully, Lafleur never lets his movie become an oh-so-precious assemblage of quirky tics.

    Aug 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Its] glacial pace, bloodless performances and minimalist architecture will likely assure it a place in the archives of Forgotten Canadian Cinema.

    Jul 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film may be a bit too understated for some viewers, but a bigger message about the ties that bind is there to be seen under the low-key events.

    Aug 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • With a synth-pop soundtrack against a dreary winter backdrop, Stephane Lafleur crafts a sharply funny portrait of prosaic life that's not without moments of light and magic.

    Jun 26, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Little by little, it draws us in nonetheless.

    Feb 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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