Like a Québécois Kieślowski, to whom he's often compared, Bernard Émond applies a meditative quality to his filmmaking that’s readily apparent in the trailer for Tout ce que tu possèdes.
Opening the 19th Rendez-vous du cinema québécois et francophone de Vancouver tonight (February 7), at l'Auditorium Jules-Verne, Émond’s latest—which played at TIFF’s master series last year—is a characteristically understated drama.
Having walked out on his job as a university lecturer in order to pursue his obsession with translating the work of a romantically tragic Polish poet—a symptom of his own spiritual crisis—Pierre (Patrick Drolet) is confronted with an ethically challenging inheritance, memories of his institutionalized mother, and a teenage daughter he abandoned.
Writes T’cha Dunlevy, in the Montreal Gazette, “Cinephiles will savour [Emond’s] attention to detail, patience and esthetic rigour in telling this story about a man who has lost his bearings.”
Rendez-vous is offering no less than 11 other movies over the long weekend, including Yanick Létourneau’s portrait of African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi, Les etats-unis d’afrique (presented without English subtitles), the cop vs. mob drama Omerta, and the biopic Cloclo, about the dramatic life and death of French entertainment icon Claude François—whose massive hit "Comme d'habitude" was later adapted as "My Way."
More info and a schedule for the two week festival, here.
Tout ce que tu possèdes screens tonight (February 7) at l'Auditorium Jules-Verne (5445 Baillie)