CIFF 40 Film Review

Endorphine

                                                                                                      (www.clevelandfilm.org)
​There’s a girl. Actually, there are three girls: a teenager, a girl in her mid twenties, and an older woman. But, they’re the same person, traveling through time, except they never actually travel through time, they just exist on a linear plane of time in which past, present and future all exist at the same time. And, it’s a murder mystery. And, it’s shot in a hauntingly beautiful surrealist style.

It’s these details that made Endorphine stand out as my favorite film of the festival. Running at about an hour and a half, the film never drags, lingers, or overly explains itself. It expects the audience to be intelligent and connect the dots, and in an era where most characters in film will painstakingly explain their pseudo science using Nicolas Cage style dialogue, the break away from mediocre is not only welcome, it’s extraordinary.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but lets just say the French in French-Canadian stands out prominently, as although the film deals with very dark materials, the overall vibe of "C’est la vie" holds strong throughout (cue accordions and tragic yet beautifully happy music).