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by Neegan Trudel


Drama | 2020 | 77 min | Canada (Québec) | French (English subtitles) | Unrated | 18 and over

Thirteen-year-old Émilie has been placed in a youth protection group home. Confronted by strict new rules and the authoritarian presence of her case worker, she chooses to flee her new reality even if this means denying her own needs. All she wants is to fill her need for love and return at any cost to her egocentric mother Karine. Worse, the young girl is subjected to the bad influence of sixteen-year-old Ariel, her roommate with whom she gets into a lot of trouble. But each meeting Émilie has with Renaud, who gives her guitar lessons, are for her glimmers of hope. In this way, adolescent Émilie learns the art of resilience, progressively building confidence in herself.

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  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2020)

Vacarme, the first feature film by Quebec director Neegan Trudel, stands out thanks to the strong performance of its main actress Rosalie Pépin, who is the film’s revelation: her spontaneity and her brashness are great assets. By her side, the excellent Sophie Desmarais (The Auction, Sarah Prefers to Run, C’est comme ça que je t’aime) brilliantly plays a character whose intensity keeps growing throughout the film. This social drama, in the vein of director Nathalie St-Pierre’s Catimini (2012), brings a breath of fresh air to the theme of children under youth protection as well as it rings true.

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