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directed by Lyne Charlebois
Canada 20

An erotic drama about a woman facing her 30th birthday who looks back at her life growing-up with her grandmother, crazy mother and her over-indulgence with men, sex and alcohol.


Borderline is a 2008 Canadian film directed by Lyne Charlebois and co-written with Marie-Sissi Labrèche, based on her novels Borderline and La Brèche. It has won ten awards and one nomination.

Kiki (Isabelle Blais) has borderline personality disorder. She is a young student in literature at a university in Montreal who is lovesick. She takes refuge in alcohol and sex with anonymous strangers she picks up at a bar she frequents to forget her past; an unknown father, an institutionalized mother (Sylvie Drapeau), raised by her grandmother (Angèle Coutu), who is on the verge of death. But as she turns thirty, she meets her most painful love: herself.

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Theatrical Premiere: February 8th, 2008


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DVD Review: TVA - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:49:16

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.56 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 Dolby Digital 5.1 (French), DUB: Dolby Digital 2.0 (French)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: TVA

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer

• Music Video

DVD Release Date: June 17th, 2008
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Chapters 12





Another woman's story of finding herself after investigating over-indulgence in sex and booze. Isabelle Blais's Kiki (30) is a lovely, bright, character exploring some of her lost past (when 20) - replacing regret with positive affirmations. It has a joyful uplifting qualities. The sex scenes are tasteful, consensual and happy - nothing graphic. It's a warm, affirmative, adult-leaning drama with enjoyable qualities of a woman retracing her life decisions - and why.

It's dual-layered and interlaced in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and has a strong teal leaning in quite a few scenes. The visuals are clean and bright with excellent detail. For the SD format it's pleasing if imperfect not being progressive. It looked fine on my system in-motion. 

Lossy Dolby surround tracks in original French 5.1 surround and 2.0 channel stereo. The film has few instances of separation - the score by Benoit Jutras and supports the film's drama. There are optional English subtitles (see sample below) on the NTSC DVD.

I doubt I'll revisit this but I don't dispute it as solid, female affirmation, cinema. Isabelle Blais does a great job in the dual role (ages 20 and 30). Not a bad buy at the right price. Otherwise pass.

  - Gary Tooze



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