In FELIX AND MEIRA, an unusual romance blooms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighbourhood but vastly different worlds. Maxime Giroux's latest feature is a sensitive study of tradition, religion, and desire in present-day Montreal.
Meira (Hadas Yaron) is a young Hasidic Jewish wife and mother living in Montreal's Mile End district. Discontented with her marriage and life, she rebels secretly against her faith by listening to soul music and taking birth control pills. Secular francophone Felix (Martin Dubreuil) is an odd loner living nearby, grieving over the recent death of his estranged father. Intrigued by Meira, Felix hopes her religious devotion will provide insight into his loss. Though she rebuffs him at first, they begin to meet in secret; a mutual affection soon arises, and she acquires a taste for life outside the strictures of her faith. As Meira's desire for change becomes harder for her to hide, and her husband becomes more suspicious, the tension between them builds. Ultimately Meira must choose: leave her community to be with Felix, or stay.
- Best Canadian Feature Film - Toronto IFF
- Best Actor (Hadas Yaron + Luzer Twersky) - Amiens IFF
- Louve d'Or for Best Feature - FNC Montréal
- Audience Award - Festival Arte Mare de Bastia
- Best Fictional Feature Film - FICFA
- Best Actor (Hadas Yaron + Luzer Twersky), Interfedi Prize - Torino FF
- Best Film - Aubagne IFF
- Hadas Yaron
- Martin Dubreuil
- Luzer Twersky
- Anne-Élisabeth Bossé
- Maxime Giroux
- Alexandre Laferrière
- Sara Mishara
- Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
- Olivier Alary
- UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
- METAFILMS INC.
A unique look at love, freedom and religious identity…a stunning French-Canadian drama
Yaron has a natural radiance that comes through as Meira starts to open up. Her expressions show that same precocity Woody Allen saw in Mariel Hemingway when making “Manhattan”: a young woman ripe and ready for experience, temporarily held back by her own naivete.