On the fringe of society in a remote part of the French-Canadian countryside, the fragile relationship and unusual private life of a father and daughter is jeopardized by dreary, unforeseen circumstances.

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Jean-Francois Sauvageau
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Julyvonne Sauvageau
Roc LaFortune ...
Kennedy
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Isabelle
Muriel Dutil ...
Odile
Yves Trudel ...
Yvan
Johanne Haberlin ...
Rosie
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Mireille (as Anie-Pascale Robitaille)
Olivier Aubin ...
Policier
Geoffrey Gaquere ...
Optométriste (as Geoffrey Gaquère)
Raoul Fortier-Mercier ...
Gamin victime
Jérémy Fidèle-Côté ...
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Simon Bourassa-Doiron ...
Ami d'Isabelle
Benoit Lapierre ...
Homme Vus
Hugo Giroux ...
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Set on the fringe of society, in a remote part of the countryside, Curling takes a keen look at the unusual private life of a father and his daughter. Between his unremarkable jobs, Jean-François Blain devotes an awkward energy to Julyvonne. The fragile balance of their relationship will be jeopardized by some very dreary circumstances. Written by nihilproductions

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Curling - Geheimnisse im Schnee  »

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Intriguing plot, starts promising for one hour, but heading nowhere towards the end
26 February 2011 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a story about a not-so-interesting father and his daughter, who has been shielded from external influences for 12 years. It goes as far as not even having attended any school. The film opens with that remarkable conclusion by an optometrist, who is asking questions why she comes so late with her eye problems, because she should have had problems long before with the blackboard during classes. From that moment on, this peculiar situation (for us) enfolds step by step.

The situation in and around the house is portrayed in a number of short scenes, where indeed (as they say) pictures tell more than 1,000 words. I very much admire that part of this film. The same recipe is followed when showing where the father works, and the barely existing relationships with his colleagues. We are showed around in 50 minutes, while we all are wondering what is going to happen. A lot of extra tension is particularly created when the daughter finds a pile of dead bodies in the woods.

However, the story reaches a dead point after the first (promising) hour. I did not see it heading anywhere, and I see no moral nor a conclusion either. We see no real progress in the contacts with his colleagues. And neighbors are kept at a safe distance (at best) or chased away (often). And what may be the purpose of the father leaving his house and wandering around, without showing any concern how his daughter will cope alone in the house.

I wonder about all these open ends. Maybe I expected too much after having read the intriguing synopsis? I think that the given plot could be turned much more in our advantage. All the binding elements were there, only to be picked up and mixed in order to create a compelling film.


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