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Leeds Movie Fans Meetup Group Message Board › Vic and Flo Saw a Bear - Quick Review Major Spoilers

Vic and Flo Saw a Bear - Quick Review Major Spoilers

Frankie
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This Canadian movie starred the famous French actress Romane Bohringer, from the French acting dynasty, who is an excellent actress, and was good here as Flo, yet was eclipsed by a fantastic performance from little-known actress Pierrette Robitaille as Vic. This was a simple enough yet really enjoyable movie about two ex women convicts who became lovers inside, and are about to meet for the first time on the outside now that Vic has been granted parole. Vic takes advantage of family ties to find refuge in a rather remote house, where her infirmed uncle lives, usurping the young lad who is looking after him, and moving in. We never find out why Vic was imprisoned but the impression is that her family owe her some debt which is why they allow her to take advantage of the situation.

Hopelessly in love with the energetic and spirited bi-sexual Flo, Vic's turmoil is a tricky acting assignment for Robitaille as she reveals her fears of being left alone, as well as the character traits that endear her to us, the audience, as the movie progresses. As such, Robitaille was superbly directed by Denis Cote.

Into the fray comes Marina, aka Jackie, who is out of Flo's past, and at first seems a benevolent passer by, and then seems to be a con artist, who tricks Vic into paying a non-existent bar bill of $215 that Flo has apparently ran up. But the ***Major spoiler alert *** reason Marina/Jackie has appeared is altogether much more sinister, for she is the brute alluded to in the title. She extracts her revenge on Flo over some wrong-doing (we don;t find out what it was) by getting a henchman to break her leg, and Flo thinks she has now paid her debt. But the brute wants more payback, and we get an amazing finish to the movie as she brings the full weight of her wrath on to both girls, despite Vic having nothing to do with the reason she wants her revenge on Flo.

This movie won the 63rd Berlin Film Festival, but I suspect the standard of movies at the LIIF is so high, it won't win here. Nevertheless this is at least an 8/10 movie. Thanks to all attendees, it was good in particular to see Paula again after quite a while.



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