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Movie Screening Oct 13: The Necessities of Life
General News · 1st October 2009
Irene Blueth
Manson's Hall
Tuesday October 13
Doors Open 7 pm, Show starts 7:30 pm
$7 Admission, Refreshments Available

Movie Night starts up October 13 and continues once a month on the second Tuesday of each month. Presented by volunteer group Cortes Cinema Club (aka C³ ) in conjunction with the SCCA and the Film Circuit which organizes the Toronto International Film Festival. The Cortes Cinema Club would welcome a few more volunteers. Call Irene 935-6712 for more info.

The first presentation The Necessities of Life directed by Benoît Pilon, is a gorgeous, elegiac story that examines Canada’s rich heritage of multiculturalism by seeking out a period when there was virtually no contact between the Inuit and the rest of Canada. It is in French with English subtitles. It won 4 Genie Awards: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Original Screenplay as well as several awards at the Montreal International Film Festival.

As the film begins, Tivii (a mesmerizing performance by Atanarjuat ’s Natar Ungalaaq) is brought to a sanatorium in Quebec City, where he is told he has to leave his family behind and face treatment alone. Suddenly he finds himself removed from everything he knows, surrounded by a language he does not speak, and facing a future that is uncertain. Luckily, he has a nurse, Carole (Éveline Gélinas) who is kind and nurturing, and who wants to see Tivii thrive.

She cannot speak Tivii’s language, but she has an orphan, the Inuit and bilingual Kaki (Paul-André Brasseur), transferred to Tivii’s ward to translate. The two form a strong connection as each, in his own way, struggles with his health and plans for productive years ahead – back home.

While The Necessities of Life covers vast terrain – the socio historical period in which it is set, the contrasting worlds of its characters, the universal language of compassion that can bind people together – it is Ungalaaq’s exquisite performance that elevates this film from what is already elegant, humanist and skillfully crafted into a truly poetic work of art.