In one sense, why should anyone care what Victoria (Pierrette Robitaille — Mambo Italiano, Laura Cadieux ... La Suite, etc.) and Flo (Romane Bohringer — The Apartment, Savage Nights, Total Eclipse) do with their lives … or, for that matter, to one another.
From one look at them you can plainly see two women who seem to wear the mileage of their lives on their faces. They’ve travel rough roads. Seedy bars and prison have been stops along the way.
They are the subjects of writer/director Denis Côté’s award-winning drama, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, which is heading to DVD on June 17 from New York City-based KimStim.
Victoria Champagne, the name sort of rolls off the tongue, is fresh from a stint in prison and now seeks the solitude of rural Quebec by moving in with her infirmed uncle Émile (Georges Molnar). He doesn’t talk (can’t) and she doesn’t have much to say. It has all the makings of a perfect living arrangement.
It is here that she hooks up with Flo, who has also done some time. It doesn’t take long for one to get the feeling that they would like nothing more than to enjoy each other’s company and the quiet of the seemingly idyllic locale.
But life, people and circumstances have a way of intruding … and that would include the likes of Victoria’s parole officer (Marc-André Grondin), a strange woman that just shows up (Marie Brassard) and a fat man who seems to be following her. They will combine to change everything!
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