Curling

2010

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 731

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96 min
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Reviewed by thecatcanwait 9 / 10 / 10

I Think We're Alone Now

This had most of the elements i like a film to have to draw me in: central characters who are isolated loners and socially inept; self-effacing acting; understated emotion; oddball sensibility; a low-key plot with gentle narrative; quiet feelings being sensitively explored; no grandiose transitions, no exaggerated pretensions; an overall sense of something sad but authentic going on The actor(Emmanuel Bilodeau) playing the father is so lugubriously shy, and moustachely beshnozzled, i didn't at first realise he was gonna be the central character. The other central character is his real-life daughter – and she's equally as unassuming and introverted. Good. This is going to be about real life then (as i know it) Ordinary flattened life. Cleaning toilets. Eating porridge. Feeling cold. And its pretty cold in this solitary snowy windy bit of Quebec. The passive dependency of the father daughter relationship, the sense that they were both trapped small inside one another got into me too – somewhere deep and personal. The father is a decent enough bloke, not especially bossy or cruel – and yet is blocking his daughter, "Julyvonne" by projecting his inhibiting lack of life into her, keeping her safe by making her stay small; she doesn't go to school, doesn't have any friends, doesn't have much contact – so is naively dependent on her shy introverted father to provide her with what? – nothing much it seems; no TV, no computer, no mobile phone (even!) the occasional rationed out bit of music from the Hi-Fi if she's merited it ("I Think We're Alone Now". Yeah, I think you're alone now. Alone together. Stuck with one another. And what you gonna do about it? Nothing. Or maybe….) Yes, their abnormal togetherness does make you wonder, slightly uneasily, about what might be "there" implicitly, subconsciously, between them – even if nothing is actually explicitly going on. We're not in Josef Fritzl territory here but…. still. Oddly, their togetherness doesn't seem that intimate; there's an absence of warmth, animated feeling, demonstrable affection – as if any father/daughter love that might have existed has frozen over, become as cold as the snow outside. There's other stuff thrown into the narrative; Julyvonne finds a heap of dead frozen bodies and is morbidly compelled to be going back to be with them; a little boy goes missing; a trucker checks out of a motel room and leaves blood splattered everywhere. These vignettes are like loose, lost ends… left as vague tracks in the snow… trailing away to somewhere too far off to be followed (or explained)… By the end father is taking Julyvonne sledging to whoop it down hill with others. Oh, and he's shaved that funny moustache off. So its possible some love might be thawing some warmer life back into them and between them after all. (Didn't quite think this quiet redemptive transformation was fully realised to be honest. But you can"t just leave the hopeless pair of them out in the lonely cold forever. Can you?!)

Reviewed by JvH48 8 / 10 / 10

Intriguing plot, starts promising for one hour, but heading nowhere towards the end

This is a story about a not-so-interesting father and his daughter, who has been shielded from external influences for 12 years. It goes as far as not even having attended any school. The film opens with that remarkable conclusion by an optometrist, who is asking questions why she comes so late with her eye problems, because she should have had problems long before with the blackboard during classes. From that moment on, this peculiar situation (for us) enfolds step by step. The situation in and around the house is portrayed in a number of short scenes, where indeed (as they say) pictures tell more than 1,000 words. I very much admire that part of this film. The same recipe is followed when showing where the father works, and the barely existing relationships with his colleagues. We are showed around in 50 minutes, while we all are wondering what is going to happen. A lot of extra tension is particularly created when the daughter finds a pile of dead bodies in the woods. However, the story reaches a dead point after the first (promising) hour. I did not see it heading anywhere, and I see no moral nor a conclusion either. We see no real progress in the contacts with his colleagues. And neighbors are kept at a safe distance (at best) or chased away (often). And what may be the purpose of the father leaving his house and wandering around, without showing any concern how his daughter will cope alone in the house. I wonder about all these open ends. Maybe I expected too much after having read the intriguing synopsis? I think that the given plot could be turned much more in our advantage. All the binding elements were there, only to be picked up and mixed in order to create a compelling film.

Reviewed by ElijahCSkuggs 8 / 10 / 10

Note to self: If caught in rain, jump in lake.

What you have here with Curling is a rather unclear look at a rather atypical family life between Father, Jean-Francois (aka Moustache), and daughter, Julyvonne. Immediately your alarm should be going off, but hold on now, it's not like that. Well, it might be, but that's up for you to decide. The Father is a hard-working and shy man who seems to going through the motions. At times it appears that this routine and mundane lifestyle is really his cup of tea, but then things begin to sour. He doesn't allow his daughter to go to school or venture outside at night, and his strict rules around the house instinctively suggest a curious double-take. Even with outside influences questioning him, he still holds steadfast to his ways, and it's this puzzling aspect of the Father that's the backbone of the film. Like a peek behind-closed doors, the viewer is given a glimpse into this strange working life, but there's still something else going on...something fishy. Many questions circle about, like why is the father so protective of his daughter? Why does the character Rosie erupt and exclaim that Lucyvonne is soulless? What's the deal with the music scenes, and why is the Father so tentative and secretive? There are many questions to be asked during the film, and although interpretations may vary, the questions appear to echo back sinister motives. More so than anything else, a lot of film-goers may have issues with the film's seeming lack of solution, but that's not really the case as the film does develop and bring about varying conclusions. My gripes with Curling are slim to none, but that's not to say I really enjoyed it. It's a strange film that possesses a strength which rewards the inquisitive thinker. Just a heads up: be careful to whom you recommend this to; even though the film has a similar tone to other bizarre flicks (like Dogtooth, for instance) I would say it's even less accessible. If you don't like films that urge you to clue things together, then I'd say go ahead and skip this. There are many, many things said and shown on screen that'll have you flip-flopping between thinking if it's all innocent and relatable, or if it's all devious. One thing you will be certain of concerning this Father-daughter duo is that it is indeed strange and troubling. As I mentioned above I'm leaning towards the sinister side because it's more fun, but let's be serious here, that moustache ain't helping nobody.

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