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directed by Denis Côté
Canada 2010


Blu-ray of Curling is reviewed HERE


With a title like CURLING, one might expect a Canadian sports film along the lines of the comedy MEN WITH BROOMS, but this intentionally dreary French Québécois film moves into dark places born not out of psychosis but of loneliness and morbid solitude in an environment where a child's lack of schooling goes uninvestigated, a pile of frozen corpses goes undiscovered, and a child can be left to die on the side of a highway. Jean-Francois Sauvageau (Emmanuel Bilodeau, TAKING LIVES) lives on the outskirts of a snowy, desolate Quebec town with his daughter Julyvonne (the actor's own daughter Philomène Bilodeau) working as a maintenance man at a bowling alley and janitor at a nearby motel. He has a strict relationship with his daughter, educating her himself and expecting her to behave safely and responsibly when left home alone. His only friends - his boss at the bowling alley Kennedy (Roc LaFortune, IMMORTALS) and his niece Isabelle (Sophie Desmarais, HEARTBEATS) and his boss at the motel Odile (Muriel Dutil) and her husband Yvan (Yves Trudel) - try to get him to socialize for the sake of him and his daughter. Odile at least catches his interest by explaining to him the rules of the local popular sport curling, but he remains hesitant and even paranoid when it comes to exposing himself or his daughter to strangers (even though the usually compliant Julyvonne is starting to crave more human interaction). When a boy hit by a car dies in his care, he hides the body and withdraws even further; but a visit with his daughter to his imprisoned ex-wife (Johanne Haberlin) has him questioning his choices and his daughter's psychological well-being (his ex-wife describes her as "empty"). Realizing that he might not be so well in the head himself, Jean-Francois decides he needs to "take a break" and leaves Julyvonne on her own; but she might not be as grown-up and capable as he believes with only a pile of frozen corpses to keep her company.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 26 October 2011 (France)

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Big World Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:35:48

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Big World Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:01)
� Trailers for 'A Summer's Tale' and 'A Tale of Winter'

DVD Release Date: April 14th, 2015

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Blu-ray of Curling is reviewed HERE

Big World Pictures' single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer of this intentionally soft and dreary-looking, possibly 16mm-lensed film, with its grainy image and harsh contrasts is undercut by some edge enhancement that might be inherent in the source. The French track is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo only, but I'm not sure what the original audio configuration is. It is an intimate film but sounds of the bitter weather in some sequences and the bowling alley atmosphere could have used some surround separation. The English subtitles are burnt-in but free of any obvious errors. There are no extras aside from the film's trailer and trailers for Big World's releases of A TALE OF WINTER and A SUMMER'S TALE.

  - Eric Cotenas


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