Short films are creating quite a buzz in the world of cinema. Kudos to their creative concepts and sharp storytelling! Many of them have received accolades and awards at prestigious film festivals. Fauve and Marguerite are two such Oscar-nominated films that are being widely appreciated. These French-language Canadian films are truly meant for the global audience. They speak the universal language of love and friendship, and depict emotions that are common to all!
Written and directed by Jérémy Comte, Fauve is a heart-pounding short film of two kids. Tyler (Félix Grenier) and Benjamin (Alexandre Perreault) are two adventurous boys playing an innocent game of power. Their endless mischief, their competitive streak, the simple joy of running around – everything reminds us of our childhood. This 16-minute film has all it takes to keep the viewers glued. Alas! A brush with nature changes everything. What started as a fun run ends up being a tragic expedition. There’s helplessness, remorse, and much more. As a viewer, you get so involved in the boys’ journey that you literally feel their distress. But all you can do is hope! And, also hope that this remains a nightmare that never comes true. Exactly the way the film’s director Comte thinks!
As expressed by Comte, he had nightmares of “getting stuck in nature, in life” during his childhood. Through Fauve, he has beautifully shared a personal story with the world. Some elements of the story may be disturbing – but that’s how many of our thoughts are. A convergence of fear and fun, and everything in between!
Similarly, director Marianne Farley’s Marguerite evokes a spectrum of emotions. It’s an impactful short film about an old lady and her forbidden love. Rachel (Sandrine Bisson) is a homecare nurse who looks after an elderly woman, Marguerite (Béatrice Picard). The story gets interesting when Marguerite learns that Rachel is a lesbian. She reflects upon her past when things were quite different. Same-sex relationships were considered a taboo for many decades (or centuries, may be).
The issue highlighted in Marguerite is known to us; but the way it has been depicted touches our heart. It’s a timeless story of 19 minutes with very few dialogues and very deep emotions. Love takes centre-stage amidst all the loneliness, pain and sorrow that surround Marguerite. With great subtlety and sensitivity, the film ends on a powerful note.