Tu Dors Nicole

2015

Tu Dors Nicole (2015)

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Nicole (Julianne Côte) is adrift after college graduation, working a dead-end summer job in her small Quebec hometown and spending evenings with her best pal, Véronique. When her older brother Remi unexpectedly returns with his bandmates in tow, disrupting the girls' half-baked summer, it becomes clear to Nicole that something must and will change. Shot in luminous black and white and infused with a sultry melancholy, Tu dors Nicole brilliantly captures that liminal stage where the fading yet familiar attachments of childhood still seem far more appealing, precious, and real than the sterility of the grown-up world. (C) Kino

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Lafleur's film is a quiet trifle that sneaks up on you, like a pleasant dream you might have and then gradually forget. Its very slightness is its greatest weapon.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Martin is as desperate to grow up as Nicole is reluctant to take the next step. Both are at a crossroads that this wonderful, lighter-than-air movie depicts as a major turning point.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Director Stéphane Lafleur shoots in black and white with a sure and delicate eye.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The night scenes are particularly resonant, mixing humour, suspense and textured visuals. This is the kind of film dream from which you feel reluctant to wake.

Oct 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tu Dors Nicole accurately recreates that feeling of youth when the summer seemed like it would last forever. As the French say, it's très drôle.

Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mostly, I connected to its gentle melancholy, the sense of a life changing in almost imperceptible ways.

Sep 11, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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A young woman directionlessly and disaffectedly spends a summer. Quebec has made one of the "most French" movies I have ever seen. Long shots, subtext-driven scenes, disaffected characters, existential angst - all the trappings are there, and yet even the most inaccessible of French cinema has an energy that's missing from Tu Dors Nicole. Overall, it's so subtle and pretentious that it will probably win an Oscar.

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