A businessman falls asleep on a city bus, wakes to find it stopped on the highway and walks off into the dark woods. So begins Stéphane Lafleur’s debut feature, a meditation on modern loneliness and loss. The film contemplates various characters, each only tangentially connected to the others, and depicts their aimless attempts at connection. Lafleur imbues the Quebec locations with a suburban homogeneity, framing the protagonists in beautifully composed images that suggest they are as much a part of the landscape as the concrete apartment buildings and hotels where they live. Though the film partakes of a recent movement toward intersecting, multiple narratives, it has a sense of humor unusual to other such fare. Most unexpectedly of all, by its end, Continental manages to leave us with a sense of hope for its tragic characters. Written by Stéphane Lafleur. Photographed by Sara Mishara. With Marie-Ginette Guay, Gilbert Sicotte, Fanny Mallette, Réal Bossé. In French with English subtitles. 103 min. Distributed by Christal Films Distribution.
Note, additional playtime on Saturday 13 at 9:00PM
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Added by cinesoul on December 5, 2008