Our Private Lives

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    Our Private Lives

    Nos vies privées

    Directed by

    Canada

    2007

    82 min

    • French
    • English
    • Bulgarian

    Drama

    After a lengthy virtual relationship over the Internet, Milena and Philip take the plunge and agree to finally meet. Having lived in Montreal for over a decade, Milena, an immigrant of Bulgarian descent, accepts to greet her correspondent Philip, a flirtatious photographer from Sofia. Out in an isolated cottage in Quebec’s countryside, the couple abandon themselves to one another. Between periods of cultural clashes and fleshly pleasures, the two assess each other and the possibilities for true love. But strange, uncanny events soon disrupt Milena and Philip’s quiet intimacy as secrecy and silence slowly set in.

    Credits

    Cast
    Penko S. Gospodinov
    Anastassia Liutova
    Jean-Charles Fonti
    Screenplay
    Denis Côté
    Cinematography
    Rafaël Ouellet
    Editing
    Christian Laurence
    Music
    Ramponneau paradise
    Production
    NIHILPRODUCTIONS INC.

    Press

    Denis Côté's ballsy drama shoots roots into your brain only to bloom about a week later. That's how long it took me to reconcile my feelings about this micro-budget provocation, which starts (and, come to think of it, ends) very much like a Claire Denis picture. It's glancing and enigmatic and erotic. Two strangers who meet online (and who both claim Bulgarian heritage) meet up at a cabin in the wilds of Quebec. Intimacy, and then other, more stunning things ensue, all at an uncomfortably close (and beautifully maintained) proximity.

    TIFF reviews, Eye Weekly

    Denis Côté

    Denis Côté

    Canada

    I see the forest as a way to connect with the world sometimes, a link between civilization and the pure strangeness in the characters’ lives. That’s what Curling is all about: how to connect with the world.

    Born in New Brunswick in Canada in 1973, Denis Côté studied film at Ahuntsic College in Montréal. He began his career producing and directing over a dozen low budget shorts whilst also working as a radio presenter and film critic for the Montréal weekly newspaper Ici. In 2005 he directed his first feature LES ÉTATS NORDIQUES, that won the Golden Leopard at Locarno. BESTIAIRE screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2012. In 2013, VIC+FLO SAW A BEAR won a Silver Bear in Berlinale. JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING was selected for Berlinale Forum in 2014. In 2015, his short MAY WE SLEEP SOUNDLY screened at Toronto IFF, followed by EXCURSIONS which was selected at Le rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. His film A SKIN SO SOFT premiered in Locarno.

    Selected Filmography