Vic+Flo Saw a Bear


Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

Critics Consensus

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear nimbly juggles genre elements, subverting expectations along the way to a final act that leaves a dark, lingering impression.



Total Count: 22


Audience Score

User Ratings: 190
User image

Watch it now

Vic+Flo Saw a Bear Photos

Movie Info

The new feature by Quebecois auteur Denis Côté (director of CARCASSES, CURLING, and BESTIAIRE, among other films, and the subject of an Anthology retrospective in Fall 2012) is a typically well-observed, beautifully-crafted, and shape-shifting piece of work. A filmmaker whose command of the medium has steadily grown throughout his career, Côté delights in defying categories - in films such as CARCASSES and BESTIAIRE he blurs the boundaries between fiction and documentary, while his more explicitly fictional films are tonally unstable, gracefully but unmistakably crossing the line from one genre to another. --(c) Anthology


Marie Brassard
as Jackie/Maria St-Jean
Olivier Aubin
as Nicolas Smith
Georges Molnar
as Emile Champagne
Pier Luc Funk
as Charlot Smith
Guy Thauvette
as Yvon Champagne
Ramon Cespedes
as Jackie's Assistant
Dany Boudreault
as Go-Kart Driver
Ted Pluvoise
as The Lover
View All

Critic Reviews for Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (2)

  • Ultimately, "Vic + Flo" becomes both horrific and strangely, surreally beautiful, in a final moment in the afternoon sun.

    Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's all very well to toy with genre elements by making incongruous aesthetic and tonal choices and adding an offbeat sensibility. But the director still needs to make us care about his characters.

    Feb 13, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The title may sound like a children's book and the bear may be metaphoric, but make no mistake: This is a story with surprisingly great, big teeth.

    Feb 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • As Côté dives deeper into these moods, the film turns aggressive and impressionistic, moving from low-key drama to tragicomic fairy tale.

    Feb 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's an ominous, claustrophobic, unhappily sapphic work whose thunderclap of a climax instills terror and awe of the fates' petty, whimsical cruelties.

    Feb 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The way it unfolds feels less about a conventional story than a series of set-ups and what-next moments in a genre-bender that might be called nature-noir.

    Nov 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

Vic+Flo Saw a Bear Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features