(THE FAR SHORE)
November 23, 1:30 p.m.
Drama | 104 min | English Canada premiere
André has died under mysterious circumstances leaving behind his wife and two daughters. The youngest daughter desperately tries to fit in with the other adolescent girls in her new school while her older sister finds a lover for the first time: a man much too old for her. Meanwhile, their mother is preoccupied with paying their bills. She does not see that her family is in danger of drifting so far apart that they may never find each other again.
Dérive is a deeply empathetic portrait of these women's odyssey from frailty to resilience.
I have a definite soft spot for Québec films, particularly when Montréal is involved, so it’s a bonus for me when a film turns out to be as good as The Far Shore is. There’s an abundance of quiet intelligence at work here that covers all aspects of the film - story, performance, direction.
18 years and older
Vancouver International Film Festival (2019)
The subject is women, seen from three angles: a stressed and distracted widow/mother, an angry, rebellious teenager and a depressed, sensitive pre-teen, and family, a sometimes imperfect haven. The actors are marvellous, drawing us into their pain, their confusion and their growth as they begin to discover who, as women, they really are. A visually rich film that is beautifully realized. Merci.
— George Mosley, Letterboxd