RÉPERTOIRE DES VILLES DISPARUES
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Irénée-les-Neiges, population 215. In the depths of winter, a young man dies in a car crash. It’s just the first in a series of strange, traumatizing events that will upend the villagers’ lives. Loosely adapted from a novel by Laurence Olivier, Denis Côté’s philosophical tale is laced with supernatural touches; it is a rich meditation on isolation, fear of death and the slow but unstoppable erosion of the social fabric and the land itself. This ensemble film, beautifully lit by François Messier-Rheault and shot on grainy 16 mm film, introduces the singularly impressive Larissa Corriveau. Not to be missed.