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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 02.14.13] Canada comedy drama

Denis Cote is back. The French Canadian director has been on a roll the last few years and though I have yet to see his picture book documentary Bestiaire, I'm still occasionally haunted by the image of Julyvonne, the little girl in Curling (review), laying in the middle of the forest next to a dead body. It's a hard image to shake but thankfully, it looks like Cote's next project won't be leaving me with such traumatizing imagery.

Vic and Flo Saw a Bear (Vic et Flo ont vu un ours) stars Pierrette Robitaille as Vic, a recently released convict who finds shelter in her uncle's home on the outskirts of civilization. Soon after her arrival she gets a visit from her lover Flo (Romane Bohringer) and the two spend their days driving around the forest in an old golf cart, enjoying the peace and quiet that is constantly disturbed by visits from Vic's probation officer Guillaume (a nearly unrecognizable head shaved Marc-Andre Grondin). The drama unfolds when Vic discovers a local woman is a ghost from her past.

Admittedly the plot of Cote's new film sounds rather bland but that is to be expected from all plot descriptions for Cote's movies. On the surface they appear to be fairly innocuous dramas that in every instance, hint at something more nefarious just under the surface. The newly revealed trailer for Vic and Flo Saw a Bear suggest that Cote's new project will offer up a few more laughs than we've seen from the director in the past.

Vic and Flo Saw a Bear premiered in competition at Berlinale earlier this week. Look for it making an appearance at a festival near you later this year.

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