Super-rich businessman Boris Malinovsky (James Hyndman in a brilliantly crisp performance) struts through this morality play with a pained, slightly quizzical expression on his face, efficiently solving every problem except one: that of his wife Beatrice, a government minister, who has stopped speaking and taken to her bed.
One night, he encounters a mysteriously well-informed stranger who accuses Boris of causing Beatrice’s depression. Is he right? Can the couple ever renew the onetime strength of their marriage, as seen in warmly lit, easygoing flashbacks?
Canadian director Denis Côté (Bestiaire, DFF35; Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, DFF36) uses the devices of Greek tragedy to lay bare the dishonesty at the heart of our protagonist, showing how deformed the most outwardly perfect life can look from within.
Producer: Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant | Editor: Nicolas Roy | Cinematographer: Jessica Lee Gagné | Screenwriter: Denis Côté
Cast: James Hyndman, Simone-Élise Girard, Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk, Dounia Sichov