Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
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.
Director Stéphane Lafleur shoots in black and white with a sure and delicate eye.
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.
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.
Mostly, I connected to its gentle melancholy, the sense of a life changing in almost imperceptible ways.
Though she's ultimately the second star after her director-who, from the tidy visual design to the odd soundscape, creates an almost annoyingly hermetic world-it's Côté that lets the whole thing breathe.
Under the direction of Stéphane Lafleur, this Québécois comedy takes on an air of wondrous restlessness in its minor ambitions.
Nothing happens, but everything thrums.
Will appeal to lovers of "Frances Ha."
Stéphane Lafleur denies Nicole the angsty treatments given similar characters in films like The Graduate and Frances Ha by refusing to saturate the film with an undergirding sense of charm.
Lafleur counters the lackadaisical narrative with direction, editing and sound cues that are playful but precise, mysterious but potent, making every note in this exceptionally well-made film something to savour.
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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