18 March 2007 | jussssst
Don't avoid it («Hideux Taureau»), in order to deny your humanity.
It is NOT a pre-fabricated melodrama.
Yes, "thirty-something woman finds video camera on the street and decides to ask people what they think happiness is". But to reduce this moving viewing experience to such banal words is... unworthy of any meaningful reduction.
She does NOT act "cute" or "lost", and she "does NOT complain for two hours about how miserable her life is". Not at all: she simply LIVES fully in front of our eyes and goes through a wide range of moods, feelings... Montreal during a heat wave never seemed more strangely inviting !
The audience, myself included, have to vibrate through this most humane experience thanks to Anne-Marie Cadieux, a luminous actress, if ever there was one, and an efficient supporting cast.
We are NOT witnessing any ridiculous statements from the people she interviews. On the contrary, we share a multi-layered semi-documentary approach to very contemporary issues, most importantly on THE meaning of life and the pursuit of so-called happiness. With no answers given. But with surprises at every other turn... isn't it what life is about, in a way?