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Film Festival - Memories Affectives
Written By: RobertWaldman
At The Movies
Vancouver International Film Festival
Memories Affectives (PG) * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Accidents are things to be avoided. Take the case of a Quebec vet just out to save local wildlife. Weather conditions have a profound affect on a 40 year old family man in Memories Affectives, a spooky thriller from Alliance Atlantis Releasing now unfolding at B.C. Theatres.
Lost in a coma makes life cumbersome for Alexandre Tourneur. Left largely for dead thanks to a traffic accident in the country today Alexandre lives day by day cooped up in a hospital. Somewhat abandoned by friends the once upon a time life of the party finally regains consciousness only to learn he has no memory. Officials at the hospital do what they can to piece together what happened that fateful day but it?s quite a hard task. Local police get in on the act to solve a fiendish hit and run with a sexy Lebanese born police inspector turning into perhaps more than a civil servant for this down on his luck professional.
Life at home creates even more problems for Alexandre who had a hard time remembering anything. Women create even more problems as he has a wife who may be ripe for some extra marital fun and a teenage daughter somewhat on the rebellious side. Only a partner in business seems to out and out appreciate Alexandre as demons from his past begin to haunt what?s left of his future.
Director Francis Leclerc here succeeds in painting a good portrait of a person with memory loss. Sure, this theme has been done before but thanks to a gritty atmosphere and solid acting you feel that sense of hopelessness and claustrophobia that any such victim likely would go through. Unfortunately the directly takes us on a big u-turn without really completing the accident report we all want to see solved. Still, those plot shifts are engaging and really turn this 110 minute story into a haunting vision.
Nice shots of the snowy Quebec countryside mesh well with the work of Roy Dupuis (Jesus of Montreal) who does a good job playing Alexandre, a troubled man with bad memories and a bleak future. Trust the psychiatrist to do his best to spark his patient?s mind with Frederic Gilles (The Barbarian Invasions) certainly worth his professional designation. Muted romantic feelings resonate well through Rosa Zacharie as a foreign born police official with Karine Lagueux rounding out the cast a family member seemingly on the warpath.
Dark secrets haunt this man?s memories with family being the focal point of the carnage set to unfold.
Screening Schedule: Friday Oct. 1 12:30 pm Granville Seven
Wed. Oct. 6 10:00 pm Granville Seven Running Time: 110 Minutes Language: French with English subtitles