Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014)
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as Jackie/Maria St-Jean
as Nicolas Smith
as Charlot Smith
as Yvon Champagne
as Go-Kart Driver
as Bar Owner
Critic Reviews for Vic+Flo Saw a Bear
Ultimately, "Vic + Flo" becomes both horrific and strangely, surreally beautiful, in a final moment in the afternoon sun.
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.
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.
As Côté dives deeper into these moods, the film turns aggressive and impressionistic, moving from low-key drama to tragicomic fairy tale.
It's an ominous, claustrophobic, unhappily sapphic work whose thunderclap of a climax instills terror and awe of the fates' petty, whimsical cruelties.
Audience Reviews for Vic+Flo Saw a Bear
I never knew what to expect or what might be coming in this movie; perpetually moving into the unknown and unexpected. I like that. We think we entered at the beginning of the story but gradually discover that we've been dropped into these character's lives and we're not always brought up to speed on what's happening and what the relationships are. It's an incomplete discovery process. The audience has to accept some gaps in their knowledge of the characters and situations - or be incredibly frustrated. Strong performances all around with a lot of really uncomfortable characters. We're ambivalent about even the most sympathetic characters and outright unsettled by others. The only misstep is the intrusion of some fantastical elements right at the end which seem designed to comfort the audience and offer a sense of closure. It doesn't fit stylistically or tonally. Just ignore that part.
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