LOOKING FOR ALEXANDER (Francis Leclerc). 100 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (April 8). For venues and times, see Movies, page 103. Rating: NN Rating: NN
Roy Dupuis has clear green eyes, and you’ll stare at them an awful lot looking for clues to this moody, meandering film set in northern Quebec.
Dupuis plays the title character, a hit-and-run victim who wakes from a coma only to discover he has amnesia. As he starts piecing his life together – unhappy wife, bitter daughter, alcohol problem – he gets flashes of memories that don’t belong to him.
Thanks to occasional cuts to a momentous boyhood fishing trip,we suspect something bad happened to little Alex years earlier. And what starts out as a psychological thriller ends up being a drawn-out CSI: Quebec episode, minus the flashy forensics.
The film is nice-looking but blank – sort of like Dupuis himself, who won a Genie and Jutra for his performance. Director Francis Leclerc can create a lulling, hypnotic atmosphere, but the only tension comes from the audience wondering if the film is (a) a metaphor for the two solitudes, (b) about Canada’s amnesia over native genocide, or (c) really, really dull.
My money’s on (c).