April 12, 2015 7:00pm
SilverCity Theatre A
Director: Stéphane Lafleur
Cast: Julianne Côté Catherine St-Laurent, Francis La Haye
Runtime: 93 minutes
Language: French (English Subtitle)
Vancouver Film Critics Circle: Best Canadian Film, Best Actress in a Canadian Film (Julianne Côté), Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film (Marc-André Grondin);
Canadian Screen Award Nominations: Best Picture, Direction, Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor
Voted TIFF Top Ten for 2014
“Tu Dors Nicole accurately recreates that feeling of youth when the summer seemed like it would last forever. As the French say, it’s très drôle.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“…It’s executed with such charm and skill in every gorgeous frame that I walked out completely and totally smitten.”–Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist
Stephane Lafleur’s Tu Dors Nicole occurs over one languid summer. Twenty-something Nicole (Julianne Côté), works at a thrift store. Her parents are away on vacation, and she’s happy to aimlessly hang out with her friend Veronique (Catherine St.-Laurent)).
Things don’t all go as planned. Annoyingly, Nicole’s older brother (Marc-Andre Grondin) shows up with his band to record a rock album. The girls buy plane tickets for a trip to Iceland, but it’s uncertain if it’ll actually happen.
Lafleur ties humorous experiences into his film’s themes. Nicole’s sticky bicycle lock serves as a metaphor for her direction in life. The two girls walk their bikes in a field, realizing that they’ve been following each other but unsure of where they’re actually going.
One of the funniest moments takes the form of Martin, a young boy Nicole formerly babysat who’s now infatuated with her, declaring his unrequited love in a startlingly deep manly voice. The joke illustrates how a 10-year-old’s life has more assuredness than her own.
Shot in gorgeous black-and-white, Tu Dors Nicole is pleasurably off-beat, a funny take on the coming-of-age film, and wrings something new and refreshing out of familiar content.