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The complex relationship between a single, reclusive Quebec father and his socially isolated daughter reaches a crucial breaking point when the young girl makes a grim discovery that compels her to break their suffocating cycle of dysfunction. Jean-François (Emmanuel Bilodeau) works two menial jobs, and refuses to let his 12-year-old daughter Julyvonne (Philomene Bilodeau) attend school. As a result, Julyvonne remains friendless, and fails to grasp the fine art of social interaction. But when the sequestered young girl learns a dark secret about her controlling father, the dynamics of their… 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
"Father and daughter confront their frozen emotions."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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