Thursday, March 31, 2016
Tu Dors Nicole
Nicole (Julianne Côté) is a young woman enjoying her summer while her parents are on vacation. She spends most of her time with her friend Veronique (Catherine St.-Laurent), while her older brother is working with his rock trio. She has a menial job at a clothing store.
Slowly, though, things start falling apart. Her ex-boyfriend is engaged to be married. She and Veronique have a falling out. A tragedy strikes the band. She gets fired from her job. Nicole's savior may just be a boy who has a prematurely deep voice.
Tu Dors Nicole was written and directed by Stéphane Lafleur and he pretty much dares us to watch. Nicole is a character who reveals little. When the film opens she is leaving a one-night stand. Off screen, the man asks if he'll see her again. "What for?" she answers. She does not emote much. I think one of the only times she smiles is when she receives her first credit card in the mail, which partially leads to her downfall. I think I had that same moment.
The film is shot in black and white and subsists on details. Just what is in a cooler kept by the drummer. The score of a miniature golf game. The Icelandic word for vacuum cleaner. How a geyser is formed. All these details add up to real life, which Tu Dors Nicole strives for. I suppose, in a way, despite a few melodramatic turns, that the film is an example of hyperrealism. Life can be interesting, life can be boring, and sometimes all at once.