Archive of films Class of '09 / Finissant(e)s
2013, 75 min
Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
This quasi-documentary feature is set in a small Québécois town where the graduates of ’09 spend their last vacation before going off to face the reality of adulthood. Not only do they have to come to terms with an unknown future and say their many farewells, they have to work through all the sorrow that surrounds them. It’s the summer of 2009.
In the small Québécois town of Dégelis, the graduates of ’09 spend their last summer vacation before going off to face the reality of adulthood. Not only do they have to come to terms with an unknown future and say many farewells, but they also have to work through all the sorrow that surrounds them. It’s the summer of 2009. The latest film by Québécois filmmaker Rafaël Ouellet – who is well known to Karlovy Vary’s audiences – reconfirms his ability to touch upon the essence of things and the hidden emotions associated with watershed moments in people’s lives. The picture is stylized as an amateur film that the students are shooting about themselves – an approach that adds to its rawness and authenticity. The captivating music winds its way through the film like a leitmotiv, amplifying its atmosphere of timelessness and adding strength to its message. Lead actress Carla Turcotte previously appeared in Ouellet’s New Denmark, which was presented in the 2009 Forum of Independents.
About the director
Rafaël Ouellet (b. 1974, Dégelis, Québec) took a degree in radio and television production before working in TV for several years. After this, he cooperated with Denis Côté as an editor (Drifting States/Les états nordiques, 2004) and cinematographer (Our Private Lives/Nos vies privées, 2006). His short films include I Mokret (Dans le noir, 2003), Przeprowadzka (2003), Film dans un sauna (2003), Face B (2004) and Dans l’est (2005). For his 2007 debut Mona’s Daughters (Le cèdre penché) he acted as screenwriter, director, editor and producer. In 2008, he shot Behind Me (Derrière moi), which was shown in competition at San Sebastián. This was followed by New Denmark (KVIFF 2009). Last year, he was named Best Director at Karlovy Vary for his family drama Camion.
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About the film
|Section:||Forum of Independents - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Pascal L’Heureux|
|Music:||Man an Ocean|