The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes

Simon LavoieCanada111 minutes201718AB&WFrench

Fri
Jan 19
Sat
Jan 20
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Intro and Q&A with director Simon Lavoie

In 2016, the daring, incendiary Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves — co-directed by Simon Lavoie and Mathieu Denis — won TIFF's Best Canadian Feature prize and travelled around the world. Lavoie's follow-up, The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, is a gripping gothic drama "freely adapted" from Gaétan Soucy's critically acclaimed novel. Set in rural Quebec in the 1930s, the film examines the isolated existence of the Soissons family. The father drinks himself blind every night and delivers decidedly unhinged sermons to his progeny in a makeshift chapel in their house. His sudden death leaves the children to fend for themselves, but gradually they begin to question their father's teachings and uncover disturbing family secrets. Filmed in stunning black and white, The Little Girl rivals Revolution in its audacity and intelligence. Part horror movie, part scathing social criticism, it is shot through with a fevered, twisted eroticism and driven by truly daring performances, especially from its two young leads.

STEVE GRAVESTOCK

L'année 2016 a été marquée par Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau, film audacieux et incendiaire de Simon Lavoie et Mathieu Denis, qui ont remporté le prix du Meilleur long métrage canadien au TIFF et parcouru le monde. Le film de Lavoie qui a suivi, La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes, est un drame gothique poignant qu'il a " librement adapté " d'un roman encensé de Gaétan Soucy. Se déroulant dans le Québec rural des années 1930, le récit se penche sur l'existence isolée de la famille Soissons. Le père, gravement atteint d'alcoolisme, prononce des sermons très déstabilisants pour sa progéniture dans la chapelle improvisée de la maison. Son décès soudain fait en sorte que les enfants sont laissés à eux-mêmes, doutant de plus en plus des enseignements paternels et découvrant des secrets familiaux perturbants. Magnifiquement filmée en noir et blanc, La petite fille… est une œuvre aussi intrépide et intelligente que Ceux qui font les révolutions… Mi-film d'horreur, mi-critique sociale, le film est traversé par un érotisme fiévreux et tordu, tout en étant porté par des performances très courageuses, en particulier celles de ses deux jeunes acteurs principaux.

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director
Simon Lavoie

Simon Lavoie was born in Charlevoix, Quebec. His films include the Jutra Award–winning short A White Chapel (05), and the features The Deserter (08) and The Torrent (12). He also co-directed, with Mathieu Denis, Laurentie (12) and Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (16), which won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF and was selected for the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival. The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (17) is his most recent work.

Additional Credits

Director
Simon Lavoie
Production Company
GPA FILMS
Executive Producer
Bruce Johnson, Susan Fuda
Producer
Marcel Giroux
Screenplay
Simon Lavoie
Cinematographer
Nicolas Canniccioni
Editor
Aube Foglia
Production Designer
Marjorie Rhéaume, Michel Croteau
Sound
Philippe Lavigne, Patrice Leblanc, Clovis Gouaillier
Original Score
Ivo Bláha
Cast
Marine Johnson, Antoine L'Écuyer, Jean-François Casabonne
International Sales Agent
Seville International
US Sales Agent
Gravitas Ventures
Canadian Distributor
FunFilm Distribution
US Distributor
Gravitas Ventures