Tu dors Nicole
Director: Stéphane Lafleur
Year of Release: 2015
Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
There's something magical and almost otherworldly about writer-director Stéphane Lafleur's ode to what can charitably be deemed the "last summer of adolescence" genre. A wispy, melancholic gem of a film, Tu dors Nicole follows the waning female friendship of two aimless Quebec natives, the titular character (a wonderfully deadpan Julianne Côté) and her best friend (Catherine Saint-Laurent). There's the arrival of Nicole's older brother older Remi (Marc-André Grondin) with an instrumental post-rock band in tow, which forms a kind of dysfunctional family unit, but mostly, the film is about capturing a certain youthful time and place. Lafleur mixes the laid-back mood with moments of surprising whimsy and strange humor, accompanied by stunning black-and-white cinematography and an analog keyboard score. All the while, the question of what the future holds for a young woman still finding her identity is kept wonderfully ambiguous; allowing the film to grow slowly into something both poignant and unsentimental.