Curling
Canada (CA), 2010
Curling Synopsis

Set in a rural Quebec village in the dead of winter, Jean-François (Emmanuel Bilodeau), a single father works at a deserted bowling alley at night and in a rundown motel during the day. His daughter, Julyvonne (Philomène Bilodeau, Emmanuel’s real life daughter) never leaves their home. Jean-François isolates her in fear that contact with the outside world will scar her the way it has him.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
What piqued my interest, aside from the somber and distant characters was the film's title. A sport common in Canada, it's quite a boring one that will somehow mirror the... more
What piqued my interest, aside from the somber and distant characters was the film's title. A sport common in Canada, it's quite a boring one that will somehow mirror the central characters.  Interesting to note that while Jean-Francois (Emmanuel Bilodeau)  shuns people around him and his daughter, his boss and other people are quite concerned of them. Viewers will suspect some disturbing things to happen although most is up to the mind. Julyvonne the daughter is a non-actress and real life daughter of Bilodeau, which makes the father-daughter tandem in the film a unique one albeight an unconventional relationship, too. If you're into films that dare you to think and analyze then this may be to your liking. 
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Reviewed by jeteli
Very intriguing film with intriguing characters like Jean-Francois a.k.a. Moustache and his shy daughter Julyvonne.  By choice he isolates his daughter from the rest of the community and while I... more
Very intriguing film with intriguing characters like Jean-Francois a.k.a. Moustache and his shy daughter Julyvonne.  By choice he isolates his daughter from the rest of the community and while I see his character as reserved, shy and inwardly good he is in a way a bully of a father who dictates his daughter on what should and shouldn't be done. Funny though, that while this may be the case, father and daughter doesn't seem to be really fond of each one, no strong bond but more of an animated feeling between them. For typical youth of today,  Julyvonne's case would surely mean rebellion and indifference, but judging from her demeanor she seems somehow resigned to the life she's currently in.  This film will intrigue and challenge viewers to read between the lines, and the cold bleary weather of Quebec Canada complements the over-all aura of the characters.  
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Reviewed by MarieDR
Curling is not so much about the sport of curling; what it has in common though, is the fragments of the target in the game, and the fragments of the... more
Curling is not so much about the sport of curling; what it has in common though, is the fragments of the target in the game, and the fragments of the film that follows the life of reclusive handyman Jean-Francois and his odd relationship with the world around him. Emmanuel Bilodeau delivers a great performance and the chemistry with his movie-daughter works perfectly. The fact that they also are related in real life probably helps. The ambiance and slow pace of the film makes it deserve the title of French-Canadian Fargo. Some might find the film depressing but it is worth to go beyond that barrier as CURLING is mostly a film about unconditional love. VG
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