YOUR GUIDE TO TODAY’S MOVIES AT THE BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL
Une Colonie – 4:00pm
This Québécois gem, the fiction-feature debut from Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, is a fresh, beautifully rendered, and radically optimistic take on the coming-of-age genre. Une Colonie is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama about finding your voice. Set in rural Quebec, it follows 12-year-old Mylia (Emilie Bierre), who has a history of being bullied and is trying to find her bearings at a new school while navigating a turbulent home life.
She finds friends in her classmates Jacinthe, her popular older cousin, and Jimmy, who lives on a neighbouring Abenaki reserve. From there, Mylia must figure out how to handle the pressure of conformity and find her sense of self in spite of it. An apt exploration of identity that will speak to the pre-teen in all of us, Une Colonie reminds us that we should aim not only to survive in life, but also to thrive.
La Belle Epoque – 7:00pm
ngenious and hilarious by turns, actor-turned-director Nicolas Bedos’ marvellous dramatic comedy takes the sci-fi concept of time travel, brings it down to earth, and gives it a sexy dose of flesh and blood in a very smart and provocative (even “meta”) fashion. Cynical 70ish cartoonist Victor (a superb Daniel Auteuil), his marriage to the tart-tongued Marianne (Fanny Ardant) in shambles, and his best days seemingly behind him, becomes intrigued by his son’s friend Antoine’s (Guillaume Canet) latest successful enterprise. Antoine’s “Time Travellers” troupe offers clients the chance to go back in time to any moment they wish, and the TT team of actors and technicians guarantees a completely realistic immersion in the era chosen.