Au Clair De La Lune

Andre Forcier’s whimsical 1982 curiosity from Quebec follows the unusual nurturing friendship between an albino street person (Michel Cote) and a former bowling champion with arthritis and a sandwich board (Guy L’Ecuyer) during an exceptionally cold winter in Montreal. Tinged with a sense of fantasy as well as an unsentimental pathos, this oddball comedy about outsiders is distinctive in both its quaintly theatrical look, decked out with snow and bright neon colors, and its loose, episodic narrative. It certainly creates a world of its own, but whether you respond to the film’s poetry and magic depends a great deal on how you respond to the two leading characters. I felt excluded. (JR)

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