La Vérité — Inspired by the true story of two teenagers dealing with the consequences of a murder they committed after a night of partying. Gabriel is an aspiring photographer, Yves is their high school’s star football player.
It’s fascinating to watch how the young men cope with their feelings about the death, while still attempting to negotiate normal adolescent stuff (parents, school, girlfriend).
The slow moving drama is written and directed by Marc Bisaillon, who makes even the most mundane moments feel appropriately heavy and gets credible performances out of his young actors. They do an admirable job of conveying the exuberance, awkwardness, and blind confidence of youth.
This is not a fast-paced Hollywood teen thriller. If you’re craving a subtitled version of I Know What You Did Last Summer look elsewhere. Instead La Vérité is a thoughtful portrait of life in a small town, and a surprising examination of the slow burn of guilt.
Thurs. • Feb. 9 • Odeon Th2 • 9:30pm
Director: Marc Bisaillon
Québec • 2011 • 91 min • HDCam
Review by Adam Sawatsky, Entertainment Host at CTV Victoria