(12A), 2019 (FFF)
Verreault , 117 mins. Canada subtitles.
Streaming from Yourscreen
20 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 Free of charge to TPH Members
and Review By Joel Kalkopf
21st August 2020
on the novel of the same name, director Myriam Verreault crucially
brings in author Naomi Fonatine as her co-screen writer for her
feature debut 'Kuessipan', inviting an authentic and poignant snapshot
of the Innu people in the Uashat community of Quebec. The word "Kuessipan"
translates as "your turn", referring to the spotlight
that shines on this community, and the chance they have to finally
tell their stories hence the title Kuessipan.
Innu community inhabit an area of Quebec, and as the traditional
owners of that land, are still known as nomadic hunters and fisherman.
With family life a bedrock of hard-working parents, there is an
ever-present undertone of harsh realities, but with the delicate
and understanding approach from Verreault, it is all endured with
a quiet dignity. Verreault takes Fonatine's novel and together they
are given unprecedented access to the community, bringing an authenticity
as the story unfolds. The Innu voice is ever present, which is so
important as it offers a glimpse into their lives without a Colonial
perspective. It's a feature that, while seemingly an obvious advantage,
is hardly ever utilised for similar films. It means that audiences
can enter the world in a respectful manner - which isn't to say
the film shies away from the issues, but it does mean that those
issues are approached in a confident and dignified way.
story is of a lifelong friendship between Mikuan (Sharon Ishpatao
Fontaine) and Shaniss (Yamie Grégoire), two girls inseparable
from a young age, whose commitment to one another is challenged
as their lives begin to take different paths. Mikuan is from a loving
and supporting family, a family that frequently take in and shelters
Shaniss, who is unfortunately from a broken home due to an alcoholic
father and a runaway mother.
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