20th Rendez-Vous French Film Festival – La fille du Martin

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I really enjoyed the authentic quality of this film and the way the main characters were developed naturally.

By: Tessa Perkins

First published in The Canadian Film Review.

La Fille du Martin begins in Montreal as Sara Leblanc (Catherine Michaud), working in her mother’s pet store, pleads with her mother to let her go visit her father in Lac-St-Jean. She has booked the two of them on a father-daughter fishing trip for his birthday. Before she makes it to see him, he passes away. She blames her mother for not being able to see her father one last time and needs to get away.

 

Sara decides to go on the fishing trip herself. She drives to the Pourvoirie des Laurentides lodge and stays in a secluded cabin by Lac Martin. Sara quickly attracts the attention of one of the Pourvoire employees, Dan Richard (Samuel Thivierge), an undisciplined rebel who is always frustrating his father and brother that run the lodge. Dan has never had a girlfriend and trying to impress Sara in that way is new to him.

Dan and Sara were classmates in elementary school, and although she is hesitant at first, they quickly fall in love and spend every minute together. Their relationship grows and as the day that Sara will go back to Montreal approaches they become more and more attached. Meanwhile Dan is tracking some poachers on his land, and this adds a bit of a thriller quality to the film while it for the most part a romance.

There are some other guests at the lodge who provide some humour to the film, including a frugal couple who are constantly complaining about the quality of the fishing and having Dan’s brother running around trying to please them. The cook at the lodge, although he complains, is always taking last minute requests from Dan and I would have liked to see this character developed a bit more. The plot line of the poachers had a few gaps in it, and it seemed like it could have also been developed a bit more.

The scenery in this film is breathtaking and the Pourvoirie des Laurentides looks like it would be a stunning place to spend a holiday. As Catherine Michaud said after the film, it was really a family affair with Samuel Thivierge writing, directing, and starring in the film, his family’s property serving as the setting, and his whole family working on the project in some way. I really enjoyed the authentic quality of this film and the way the main characters were developed naturally.

 

Director: Samuel Thivierge

Cast: Catherine Michaud, Samuel Thivierge, Nathalie Cavezzali, Symon Michaud, Réal Thivierge Jr., France Pilote

Length: 82 minutes

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