Written by Guy Édoin, Jean-Simon DesRochers
Directed by Guy Édoin
There’s a secret unwritten law in the Canadian film industry: Every decade, one Canadian director must make a movie that centers around car crashes. In 1996, David Cronenberg did Crash. In 2004, Paul Haggis did a very different Crash. Premiering at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival is Guy Édoin’s film Ville-Marie or Crash en Français (in French).
Ville-Marie, is a 2015 French Canadian film about of two families united by tragedy. The head of the first family is Sophie (Monica Bellucci), a renowned actress returning from Europe to film a movie with her partner Robert (Frédéric Gilles) and to visit her son Thomas (Aliocha Schneider). The second family is composed of a ragtag collection of nurses, paramedics, and staff at the local hospital. Pascale Bussières plays Marie – the patriarch of that peculiar band of brothers.
There are several things to like about the movie.