Length / Curling: 96 minutes
Length / Special features: 40 mins
Sound: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio /
2.0 Stereo LPCM (16-bit)
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Blu-Ray BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / Region ABC
Release Date: 13 April 2020
A unique voice in contemporary cinema, Denis Côté is renowned for his unsettling, sparse and formally daring films.
Winner of the Best Director and Best Actor (Emmanuel Bilodeau) awards at the 2010 Locarno International Film Festival, Curling is in the starkly beautiful winter landscape of rural Québec. The film portrays the strange lives of taciturn loner Jean-François, who works at a deserted bowling alley at night and in a rundown motel during the day, and his daughter, Julyvonne, who he insists never leaves their home. Their isolation, and the fragile balance of their relationship, is jeopardised by Julyvonne’s encroaching adolescence, her curiosity about the outside world that Jean-François so fears, and the troubling secrets they both carry. Haunting, enigmatic and at times menacing, the film is a meditation on the universal need for human connection.
Our region-free, director-approved Blu-ray Special Edition features a new filmed interview with Denis Côté, his acclaimed 2015 short film May We Sleep Soundly (Que nous nous assoupissions), plus a 24-page booklet featuring writing on the film by film critic Adam Nayman and Tom McSorley, Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute.
• Curling presented from a brand new HD transfer of the film from original materials, approved by the director.
• An exclusive, newly filmed interview with the director.
• May We Sleep Soundly (Que nous nous assoupissions) - Denis Côté’s acclaimed 2015 short film.
• 24-page booklet featuring essays by film critics and writers Adam Nayman and Tom McSorley.
• Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
• World premiere release on Blu-ray.
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
Written and Directed by Denis Côté
Cinematography – Josée Deshaies
Editing – Nicolas Roy
Art Direction – Marjorie Rhéaume
Sound – Frederic Cloutier
Producers – Denis Côté, Stéphanie Morissette
Emmanuel Bilodeau - Jean-François Sauvageau
Philomène Bilodeau - Julyvonne Sauvageau
Roc Lafortune - Kennedy
Sophie Desmarais - Isabelle
Muriel Dutil - Odile
Yves Trudel - Yvan
2010 Locarno Film Festival / Winner: Best Director; Best Actor
“What makes Curling unusually beautiful is the way an indecipherable blackness, marked by madness, incest and death, works its way into a system that it gradually corrodes without ever gaining the upper hand. It remains a mysterious, open film [...]
You gradually realise that this is a brilliant reworking of
Psycho... You don't often see a film this good.”
Jean-François Rauger, The Guardian
“[A] minimalist stunner...we're not just witnessing the most accomplished work of a new Canadian auteur, but of a new Canadian master." Toronto Star
“Haunting, humane, a bit mysterious, and often very funny”
“A slow burn that respects the audience's literacy when it comes to subtext, Curling is a gratifyingly dense piece that pings off zeitgeisty anxieties.” Film Freak Central
“The director sets a mood that is at once bleak and yet teems with dark, wild impulses that range from the carnal to the murderous.” Slant Magazine
“A bleakly allusive look at frozen lives.” Boston Globe