FALCON LAKE – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Charlotte Le Bon’s feature film debut Falcon Lake is an immersive, poetic deep dive into that strange, hazy time between childhood and adolescence, where the innocence of youth is rendered just as spectral as costumes rendered from white sheets and gauzy curtains. Amidst its lush landscapes beautifully captured by DOP Kristof Brandl she paints a thick, heavy world that immerses us immediately. Held together with impressive central performances by Joseph Engel and Montpetit, Falcon Lake is a dreamy coming-of-age film where the past and present hauntingly entwine.

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FALCON LAKE (Kingston Canadian FF2023) – Review by Rachel West

Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon delivers an assured and confident first feature with her summer coming-of-age tale, Falcon Lake. Screening as part of the recent Kingston Canadian Film Festival and nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best First Feature, Falcon Lake is first and foremost about a teen summer romance, but filmed with all the aesthetics of a horror movie. In a year with some exceptional and highly-lauded Canadian feature films, Falcon Lake is a true standout.

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Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2023: Female Overview – Rachel West reports

At this year’s event, 15 out of 28 features films and 21 out of 38 short films are directed by women according to KCFF’s Logistics Manager, Marta McDonald, meaning women-directed films make up nearly 55% of programming. When it comes to achieving gender parity, “there’s not a specific mandate that’s been crafted” by the festival but there is a conversation around “what kind of voices we want to be heard in the festival, whether that’s women, Indigenous voices, BIPOC or Black voices,” says McDonald.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 4-10: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

Opening Aug. 8, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Lassse Hallestrom’s The Hundred-Foot Journey. Based on Richard C. Morais’ novel, the film’s a tantalizing tale of cross-cultural romance and culinary rivalry between France and India. Helen Mirren stars as a Michelin-starred French chef challenged by the proprietors of a phenomenal Indian restaurant that opens nearby. Replete with luscious cinematography of haute French cuisine and exotic Indian dishes, the film is a mouthwatering treat. But, be warned: don’t go hungry! Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 14-20: MOOD INDIGO

Opening July 18, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, a unique love story that incorporates fantastical, surreal elements. Gondry’s stylishly quirky fantasy world includes a piano that makes cocktails, a dining room on rollerskates and a cloud-shaped vehicle. Boris Vian’s eponymous cult novel provides the inspiration for the film, which stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris as lovers whose whirlwind affair is threatened when a flower begins to grow in her lungs. It’s the kind of twist that fits perfectly well with Gondry’s inventive imagination. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 23-29: YVES SAINT LAURENT

Opening June 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Yves Saint Laurent, French director Jalil Lespert’s richly evocative period piece that provides an intimate glimpse at the life and career of the legendary fashion designer and purveyor of luxury goods. Pierre Niney stars as Saint Laurent, with Guillaume Gallienne as his life-long partner, Pierre Bergé. Replete with drama, it’s a fascinating tour of the world of fashion. Read on…

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