Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014)



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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
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Romane Bohringer
as Florence
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
Johanne Haberlin
as Bar Owner
Ted Pluvoise
as The Lover
Georges Molnar
as Emile Champagne
Ramon Cespedes
as Jackie's Assistant
Ted Pluvoise
as The Lover
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Critic Reviews for Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

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

March 13, 2014
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

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

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

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Globe and Mail
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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.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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