The Far Shore
True North | True North
One year after the loss of its patriarch, a family continues both to mourn and to contemplate how to deal with their profound sense of loss. Sisters Océane (Éléonore Loiselle) and Marine (Maèva Tremblay) are adrift in their daily lives, desperately grasping for something to hold on to that will somehow make everything make sense again. Despite now sharing the same high school halls, Marine has been all but abandoned by Océane, with the latter in thrall to an older man (Emmanuel Schwartz). Meanwhile, their mother (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) struggles to keep their heads above water as the loss of her job has only amplified their financial troubles and household tensions.
The original French title translates to "drifting" and that’s precisely the sensation of helplessness that director David Uloth and screenwriter Chloé Cinq-Mars convey through mise en scène, cinematography and ellipsis-laden dialogue. There’s considerable tension in every scene, as it feels like these women’s lives could fall apart at any second. Of course, the performances are integral, with Desormeaux-Poulin and Schwartz at the top of their game, while Loiselle and Tremblay demonstrate abundant talent as they navigate their respective characters through the treacherous social tides—isolation, rejection, misunderstandings—of adolescence. Drawing from emotionally rich dramas such as The Ice Storm, Uloth and Cinq-Mars craft a deeply empathetic portrait of the women’s collective odyssey from frailty to resilience.