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Viking

Director(s)
Stéphane Lafleur
Country
Canada (Québec)
Year
2022
Duration
104 minutes
Language
French with English subtitles
Format
DCP

Stéphane Lafleur’s first feature since the 2014 Cannes hit and TIFF selection Tu dors Nicole, Viking is ample proof that the director’s distinctive take on the human condition is as singular as ever — his empathy for those on the outside looking in and his flair for absurdist images are wonderfully present. Viking places Lafleur’s sensibility in a decidedly rich and weird milieu, demonstrating how anomie and angst can be indivisible. As the film opens, David (Steve Laplante), the film’s ostensible hero, endures an intensely granular personality test. He’s part of a new initiative in which he and four others will mirror the behaviour of astronauts on the first manned flight to Mars, so that organizers of the mission can predict problems before they become insurmountable — or dangerous. (It recalls 2001: A Space Odyssey, but with people instead of a ship’s computer.) Unfortunately, David, his colleagues, and the mission’s planners come up against the unpredictability of human emotions, complicated by the fact that the actual astronauts are drifting towards Mars. As the importance of their work and their decisions grows increasingly apparent, the film zeroes in on a key question: who is playing this odd game seriously, and how far do they intend to go? (TIFF)

*Platform – Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2022

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Director(s)
Stéphane Lafleur
Country
Canada (Québec)
Year
2022
Duration
104 minutes
Language
French with English subtitles
Format
DCP