Alain Cavalier started his career making films with the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, and Alain Delon. But at a certain point he stopped working in narrative and began to make entirely personal, diary-like stories about things like bathrooms, people’s hands and love affairs. From the grave of a baby peacock to a celebration of the erotic — played out with the most unlikely objects, a windup robot and a ceramic goose — Le Paradis is serious and goofy, heartbreaking and playful, all at the same time. The richness of details is what most captures the imagination, from the insides of a papaya, goopy and glistening, to the filmmaker’s first experience with taking communion. There is something of the ecstatic in the film, religious in its flavour and its devotion to small, exquisite detail.
Guest presenter: Dorothy Woodend has been the film critic for The Tyee since 2004. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers and books across Canada and the US, as well as a number of international publications.
Dorothy worked with the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Whistler Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada. She is a member of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Dorothy is the Acting Festival Director for DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver.