Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lost Song

If you're in for an entertaining and fast-paced drama, don't even think about renting Lost Song. Although the story is fairly well written, Rodrigue Jean's film is frustrating to watch because of its execution. Yet, it doesn't prevent this independent film to possess some qualities.

Pierre (Patrick Goyette) and Elisabeth (Suzie LeBlanc), a couple in their thirties, move with their newborn son into a cottage on a lake for the summer. While Elisabeth stays at the cottage to rehearses for an upcoming voice recital, Pierre goes to work in the city. Obviously, Elisabeth is not alone since Pierre's mom lives in the neighbouring cottage and is willing to help Elisabeth at times. However, Elisabeth feels isolated, overwhelmed by her maternal responsibilities and distressed. Besides, Elisabeth's entourage doesn't seem to get that.

Honestly, if I knew how Lost Song is like, I wouldn't have bothered to watch it in the first place. The slowness of the pace in the few first minutes might be effective to present the premise. However, in the long run, Lost Song seriously lacks energy and is far too slow in the execution.

Because of that flaw, the film mostly depends on the ideas conveyed by the script and the cast's performance (especially Suzie LeBlanc). With thin dialogues and even moments of silence, director/scriptwriter Rodrigue Jean successfuly illustrates Elisabeth's failed attempt to find happiness in the wilderness while everybody around her looks happy. Since her mother-in-law offer some help with the newborn child, Elisabeth feels that she'll never be a good mom. Add to that the growing tension between Elisabeth and Pierre. Although Suzie LeBlanc never spends her time screaming or explicitly expressing her feelings, anyone without a degree in psychology can figure out what's going on in the mind of her character.

Finally, Lost Song is definitely not my cup of tea. However, if you have a lot of patience, then there's no doubt that you'll like this film.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:Canada (2008)
Length:103 minutes
Genre:Drama
Screenplay:Rodrigue Jean
Director:Rodrigue Jean
Starring:Suzie LeBlanc, Patrick Goyette, Ginette Morin and Marilou Longpré Pilon

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