Los Angeles Film Festival
Familiar Ground
Familiar Ground
En Terrains Connus
Narrative Competition
(Canada, 2011, 98 mins)
In French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
Directed By: Stphane Lafleur
Executive Producer: Francois Reid
Producers: Luc Dry, Kim McCraw
Screenwriter: Stphane Lafleur
Cinematographer: Sara Mishara
Editor: Sophie Leblond
Featuring: Francis La Haye, Fanny Mallette, Sylvain Marcel, Michel Daigle, Suzanne Lemoine
The gifted Quebecois filmmaker Stephane Lafleur has a rare affinity for unhappy, isolated ordinary people and a rare ability to make their miseries both funny and oddly magical. He's in total control of his craft in Familiar Groundevery shot has a purposeas he tells the story of an unhappy wife, Maryse, trapped in a bad marriage, and her slacker brother Benoit, who still lives at home with his cranky, widowed father. Their bleak livesnot helped by the constant snow that falls around themget an unexpected jolt when a man who proclaims himself from the future ("Not too distant," he quips, "just September") warns Maryse of an accident that may befall them. This droll, deadpan comedy quietly builds to its surprising conclusion.
Screening Schedule
Sat, Jun 18th 10:10pm
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 9
Tue, Jun 21st 7:20pm
Downtown Independent
Wed, Jun 22nd 4:10pm
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 12
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