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Félix et Meira

"The tender story of an Orthodox Jewish woman who falls in love with a secular man marks the first great screen pairing of 2015." (Indiewire)

Part of Canada Film Days. “In a strange way, Félix et Meira is so powerful precisely because it’s so understated. It is partly about the contrasts between two communities, differences that are highlighted when a francophone guy Félix (Martin Dubreuil) becomes infatuated with a married Hasidic woman named Meira (Hadas Yaron).

“Both are in a vulnerable place. Félix has just lost his father and is trying to come to grips with his death. Meira is clearly suffocated by the strictures of her community and her domineering husband, Shulem.

“When Félix first approaches her at the local diner, she brushes him off and she’s clearly terrified by the thought of even engaging in a conversation with this unusual character. But gradually he breaks through her defence mechanisms.

“Giroux embraces the ambiguity of the situation. It would’ve been easier to portray Shulem as an overbearing tyrant delighting in keeping his wife in subservience, but as the story unfolds and he begins to realize what’s happening, he shows real empathy for his wife’s struggle.

“Félix is also anything but one-dimensional. He’s confused himself and a little self-centred, but his heart is in the right place.

“All three lead actors are top-notch, particularly Yaron, who just lights up the screen with this energy, making us feel this aching need to break free. The film does such a great job of capturing this cross-cultural romance.” - Montreal Gazette

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