OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

Kuessipan

Part of the Stars of the Canadian Cinema Scene! Nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards!

Growing up, friendship is everything. It is family, it is all-encompassing, and it can save you. And in Myriam Verreault’s Kuessipan, we’re warmly invited into the friendship between Shaniss (Yamie Grégoire) and Mikuan (Sharon Ishpatao Fontaine), two young women from an Innu community whose friendship spans most of their lives – but not without trials and tribulations.

A childhood promise to be there for each other forever begins to crack when the two grow into vastly different people and Mikuan’s dreams begin to take root outside of the reserve. As a result, both begin confronting each other and themselves, all while trying to embrace who they will be.

The emotions of this journey are conveyed so effectively; on top of the film’s electric storytelling, the performances from the two young leads are raw and unflinching, and manage to make you feel as though you’re infringing on their privacy. It’s rare to feel as connected to film characters as you will to Mikuan and Shaniss, and it’s rarer still to feel so attached that you’re sad to leave them. Kuessipan is quiet and mesmerizing and tragic and full of hope. It is a triumph, and a privilege to spend time with.

– Anne T. Donahue, Globe & Mail


Part of the Stars Of Canadian Cinema series, which features six new Canadian films during the week of March 20 to 26.
For details of all six films in the series, download this pdf.

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