New Canadian Cinema
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Canada's Top Ten 2018

“Nothing short of revelatory . . . Genesis is one of the best films of the year, no matter its country (or province) of provenance.”

Barry Hertz, Globe & Mail

Quebecker Philippe Lesage’s debut fiction feature, 2015’s quietly astonishing Demons, won raves internationally—“one of the decade’s great narrative debuts,” per Variety—but went underappreciated here at home. (The Cinematheque presented it in 2016.) Lesage’s latest is a perceptive drama of first love, palpably full of adolescent longing and uncertainty. Guillaume (Never Steady, Never Still’s Théodore Pellerin) is a student at an all-boys boarding school who’s falling for a classmate. Charlotte (French actress Noée Abita) is Guillaume’s half-sibling, whose steady boyfriend is doubting monogamy. Lesage’s assured, affecting film, leavened with humour and pulsing with music, is gorgeously shot by Nicolas Canniccioni. A brief coda revisits young Félix, protagonist of Demons, who’s crushing on Béatrice (Emilie Bierre, star of A Colony, also screening in September).

Best Canadian Director,
Best Canadian Actor (Pellerin), 2018 Vancouver Film Critics Circle

“Exciting and heartbreaking . . . A film that feels intensely alive.”

Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
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