Felix and Meira
Directed by Maxime Giroux
A young married woman from Montreal's Orthodox Jewish community finds freedom from the strictures of her faith through her relationship with a young man who is mourning the death of his estranged father.
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★★★★ review by AdamDavie on Letterboxd
I really enjoyed this movie. I feel like this is the big brother film to Disobedience, a film released three years later with almost the exact same plot, yet this one left me with a good feeling and the other left me indifferent.
Given that the subject matter is pretty much the same, I think it has to do with the delicate way in which Maxime Giroux handles the moments of reflection and deliberation that give this movie it's weight.
I always enjoy films that make me think before, during, and after the viewing and I believe that why this film is superior to Lelio's film is due to the fact that so much is left unsaid between the titular characters, yet the screenplay offers just enough for us to connect the dots between what's said on screen and what's inferred based on the body language of the characters and the looks in their eyes.
I don't need a lot of theatrics in order to get me emotionally invested in a film. Present your story as naturally as possible and provide me with the space to feel something. Don't force it. Felix and Meira provided that space, which translated to a more enjoyable viewing experience.
★★★½ review by ✨ Felisha ✨ on Letterboxd
Slow and tender.
This film doesn't shy away from taking it's time to explore these two sad people that find each other. While I'm typically someone who enjoys an open ended slice of life film - some more closure would have added to this story. The cinematography and acting are incredible -- my expectations may have been too high.
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★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
A somber romance that’s as much about the cultural confluence of city life as it is about the unlikely couple who manage to find each other in it, Maxime Giroux’s Félix and Meira captures the dislocating loneliness of Lost in Translation without leaving its characters’ native Montreal. Félix (Martin Dubreuil) is an agnostic French Canadian loner who’s just realizing how much of an island he’s become; soft-spoken Meira (Hadas Yaron) is an Orthodox Jew who’s failed her traditional husband by bearing him only one child.
★★★½ review by Tyler on Letterboxd
Turns out you can't make a movie about Canadian Jews without using at least one Leonard Cohen song. Some kind of government funding stipulation.
★★★½ review by katrinadv on Letterboxd
Quiet and melancholic. People are strugglin my dude.
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