It’s rare to see dramas incorporate metaphysical elements of the kind that remind me of the Mexican-Spanish film by Inarritu, Biutiful, whose main character was a sick, poor and desperate man with a gift: seeing the dead and helping them transition to the other side.
Here, in Mon âme par toi guérie, the main character, Frédi played by Gregory Gadebois, also has a gift, that of healing with his hands. The way this element is woven in the story takes much more space than in Biutiful and becomes the central element of the movie.
In French with English subtitles, the narrative of Mon âme par toi guérie is as realist, whimsical and humanitarian as its novel written by François Dupeyron and directed by this multi-talented artist. The film echoes his previous titles, including most poignantly Monsieur Ibrahim.
Both works interpret life in spiritual ways. At the core of both films, we find similar themes: relationships, romance and redemptions. And the thing that connects them together is elusive but deeply spiritual.
Frédi is a complex character whose transformation is interesting. He is middle aged and broody, and has inherited his healing hands from his mother who has recently passed away. The action moves quickly, and within the first few minutes of the movie, Frédi is left with little choice but to acknowledge his gift.
What happens next is strange and wonderful, but I won’t give too much away: check it out for yourself. The film airs tonight at 7 p.m. Check out the trailer here:
The European Union Film Festival kicked off on the 13th with a lineup that highlights the best and never-before-seen-in-Ottawa contemporary cinema from—you guessed it, the European Union. The festival showcases 27 films in 23 languages over 18 days—possibly the most diverse fest of its kind. Screenings take place in the auditorium at Library and Archives (395 Wellington St). For the full schedule, and ticket information, click here