VIFF 2017: A Skin So Soft an intimate look at Canadian bodybuilders' lives

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      With his acute attention to everyday detail, Quebec auteur Denis Côté paints an intimate docufictional portrait of Canadian bodybuilders preparing for a competition.

      Lives sacrificed to achieving grossly exaggerated physical shapes are laid bare, as Côté eschews overt commentary in favour of observation. Peculiarities range from the amusing (one guy weighs his food) to the contradictory (a father eats apart from his family, then bemoans his lack of quality time with his baby). This is not about the whys of their pursuits but, rather, the whats. With their lifestyles held up as evidence, audiences can gather what they can, as the expansive surfaces of these men’s physiques are more revealing than anyone intends them to be.

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