Rechercher Victor Pellerin (Missing Victor Pellerin)

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This wry and subtle picture from Quebec filmmaker Sophie Deraspe begins with the purported disappearance of a Montreal-based artist known by the pseudonym of Victor Pellerin. Deraspe informs us that Pellerin vanished without a trace in 1990, after promptly burning every single example of his work. As she makes her way through the local art community, interviewing Pellerin's colleagues, family, friends, and enemies, she gets wildly diverse perspectives on a man who some considered a hero, and others despised for allegedly forging artwork and engaging in other sub-rosa felonies. But is Pellerin real, or merely a fictional construct of Deraspe's picture? The film forces us to draw our own conclusions. As the movie rolls forward, it remains unclear if the mysterious artist will ever surface and agree to appear on camera. ~ Rovi


Critic Reviews for Rechercher Victor Pellerin (Missing Victor Pellerin)

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  • Missing Victor Pellerin is an enigmatic and utterly compelling story of incinerated art, unbridled egos and exotic plants.

    May 2, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • In 1990, a successful Quebec artist, Victor Pellerin, burned every last one of his paintings, then vanished. Fifteen years later, a clever young woman named Sophie Deraspe decided to make a documentary about this strange occurrence.

    May 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An uncanny, uncategorizable film, neither doc- nor mockumentary, Sophie Deraspe's debut feature shares more in common with Nabokov and Borges than recent fake-docs.

    May 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Deraspe's film begins as a mystery and becomes a razor-sharp dissection of the self-promotion, pretension and deeply cynical inner workings of the art world.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rechercher Victor Pellerin (Missing Victor Pellerin)

Generally unmemorable. Perhaps I am too biased against films of subject matters that I know little about.

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