Feb. 22, 2023: Close
Presented in partnership with Shadows of the Mind Film Festival
Feb. 22-26, 2023
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
7 pm @ The Grand Theatre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Director: Lukas Dhont
French and Dutch; 105 minutes
Rated: PG-13 for thematic material involving suicide and brief strong language
Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Rémi (Gustav De Waele) are thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly tragically torn apart. A tender and powerfully acted look at childhood innocence lost, Close is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Academy Awards.
A moving and often sublime piece of small-scale filmmaking, told with uncommon empathy. Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
To the pantheon of films about the pains of leaving childhood behind … we should find a spot for this beautiful elegy of lost innocence from Belgian director Lukas Dhont.
Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
It features world-wise performances from its cast, a haunting score from composer Valentin Hadjadj and breathtaking cinematography from Malte Rosenfeld. It’s a treasure you’ll never forget. Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury