A Brother's Love
La Femme de mon frère
True North | True North
Ever since her 2013 short film, An Extraordinary Person, took the festival circuit by storm, the film world has been eagerly awaiting Monia Chokri’s debut feature. Six years on, it’s finally arrived, delivering a touching, witty breath of fresh air to the Quebec cinema landscape.
Sophia (Anne-Élisabeth Bossé) is a scholar in her mid-thirties, who works part-time managing the local community centre gallery, barely making ends meet. When denied a faculty position due to her controversial thesis, the over-educated but under-achieving Sophia retreats to her brother Karim’s (Patrick Hivon) spare room in order to take stock. She regresses instead, engaging in affectionate-if-adolescent antics with her sibling until he unceremoniously falls for another woman: Sophia’s physician, Éloïse (Evelyne Brochu).
As Karim pulls away from his sister, the separation feels more like a breakup. As a jilted Sophia slowly implodes, Chokri unfurls a series of immaculately written and hilariously staged set pieces that deliver an enticing blend of visual humour and physical comedy.
Jury’s "Coup de Coeur" (ex-aequo), Un Certain Regard, Cannes 19