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  Rated R · 106 minutes · 2014

Drama, Romance
All “forbidden love” stories are not created equal, and co-writer/director Maxime Giroux find some welcome complexity in a story with more than a few familiar elements. In a Montreal neighborhood, two people begin to form a tentative relationship: Meira (Hadas Yaron), a dissatisfied Orthodox Jewish wife and mother; and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a man dealing with the recent death of the father from whom he’d long been estranged. Giroux makes some odd editing decisions (like inserting a lengthy bit of footage of a performance by gospel/blues pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe), and never quite fully develops Félix’s motivations. But while echoes of stories like The Bridges of Madison County and A Price Above Rubies abound, Yaron gives a lovely performance capturing Meira’s uncertainty and lack of self-confidence. More significantly, Giroux lends richness to the potentially static character of Meira’s husband (Luzer Twersky), and builds the plot to a point where it begins to feel that none of the possible outcomes will leave anyone happy. And he delivers a final shot with the potential for swoony romanticism that instead delivers a particularly jagged kind of heartbreak.
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Director: Maxime Giroux
Producer: Sylvain Corbeil and Nancy Grant
Cast: Martin Dubreuil, Hadas Yaron, Luzer Twersky, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Benoît Girard and Melissa Weisz

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