VIFF 2013 review: Sarah Prefers to Run

(Canada)

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      Chloé Robichaud's coming-of-age drama tells the story of the inhibited, personality-devoid Sarah (Sophie Desmarais), who insularly devotes herself to her track-star aspirations. When she's accepted into McGill University's athletic program, she moves from Quebec City to Montreal, where everything that she has sacrificed and running away from catches up to her. Her confusion and internal conflicts about her sexual identity is complicated by her male roommate, who she marries for financial reasons, and a female teammate. A heart problem further threatens her derailment. Although the charcater study doesn't necessarily break new ground, the film's overall crisp construction and Desmarais' spot-on performance keep things apace.

      International Village, October 3 (9:15 p.m.) and 4 (1 p.m.).

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