Felix and Meira

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    Felix and Meira

    Félix et Meira

    Directed by

    Canada

    2014

    105 min

    • French
    • English
    • Yiddish

    Romance

    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World CinemaCanadian submission for the Academy Awards

    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.

    Awards

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    • 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

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Hadas Yaron
    Martin Dubreuil
    Luzer Twersky
    Anne-Élisabeth Bossé
    Screenplay
    Maxime Giroux
    Alexandre Laferrière
    Cinematography
    Sara Mishara
    Editing
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
    Music
    Olivier Alary
    Sales
    UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    METAFILMS INC.

    Press

    A unique look at love, freedom and religious identity…a stunning French-Canadian drama

    Jordan Adler, Toronto Film Scene

    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.

    Peter Debruge, The Hollywood Reporter

    Maxime Giroux

    Maxime Giroux

    Canada

    Maxime Giroux was born in Montreal. He has directed music videos and several short films, including LE ROUGE AU SOL (06), LES JOURS (06), which won Best Canadian Short Film at the Festival, and LA TÊTE EN BAS (13). His features include DEMAIN (08), JO POUR JONATHAN (10), and FELIX AND MEIRA (14).