“I have no boundaries . . . my skin is inside out,” says Kiki (Isabelle Blais in a fearless performance) at the beginning of Lyne Charlebois’s harrowing debut feature. This pained protagonist is trying to write her master’s thesis while dealing with a history of various addictions, self-abuse and childhood trauma. Kiki’s life unfolds in three separate timeframes that overlap daringly in the scenario, as past selves brush past the present one and sometimes overwhelm it. As words, family and the ghosts of her past threaten to overwhelm her, she valiantly endeavors to confront her demons honestly without losing her sanity. Blais’s commitment to the role is palpable—she utters Charlebois’s daring and difficult words (based on Marie-Sissi Labrèche’s well-known, semiautobiographical novels) as if they were imprinted on her very skin. Written by Lyne Charlebois, Marie-Sissi Labrèche. Photographed by Steve Asselin. With Isabelle Blais, Angèle Coutu, Sylvie Drapeau, Laurence Carbonneau. In French with English subtitles. 109 min. Distributed by Max Films.
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Added by cinesoul on December 5, 2008