Curling
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Director Denis Côté (Carcasses) steps behind the camera once again for this disturbing, often shocking study of a family in crisis. Jean-François (Emmanuel Bilodeau) is a fortysomething single father in a rural Quebec town; he's divorced from his ex-wife Rosie, who now bides her time in jail for an unspecified crime. Their daughter, Julyvonne (Philomene Bilodeau), is 12 years old and has a most unconventional lifestyle: instead of sending her to school, Jean-François keeps her at home while he's off working two jobs - one as a bowling alley maintenance man, and the other as a motel… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Curling" is, in part, a film about secrets. Maybe we know what's going on, maybe we don't. That subtly unsettling ambiguity is yet another thing that makes this beguiling film so enticingly different."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Curling begins strongly, with visually striking imagery, but ultimately never reach the potential which is hinted at in the opening scenes."
‑ Rhett Bartlett, Dial M For Movies
"Their relationship may be fractious, abusive and negligent, but aside from the bizarre scenarios the [father and daughter] finds themselves in, it's not all that unusual. Most of all, it feels loving. And you always hurt the ones you love."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"If you're feeling particularly depressed and existential, this might pass as food for thought. Otherwise, it might be wiser to just plain pass."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"A bleakly allusive look at frozen lives, "Curling'' is very much a specialty item - a movie that goes nowhere slowly."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A slow burn that respects the audience's literacy."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"The director sets a mood that is at once bleak and yet teems with dark, wild impulses that range from the carnal to the murderous."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
"No fan of linear narrative, intent only on revealing things through a glass darkly, writer-director Denis Côté wants us to be puzzled. He succeeds rather too well."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It remains a mysterious, open film, uncluttered by any of the reassuring revelations or explanations that might console us and allay our fear of anything really imaginary."
‑ Jean-Francois Rauger, Guardian [UK]
"Father and daughter confront their frozen emotions."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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