Louise en hiver / Louise by the Shore

When elderly widow Louise misses the last train out of the seaside resort
she usually summers in, she finds herself stranded in a ghost town of empty
buildings and waxing and waning tides. She soon becomes a genteel Robinson
Crusoe, building a hut on the beach and settling in with a raggedy talking dog
and the memories of her childhood. A rare example of animation primarily
aimed at an adult audience, Louise by the Shore has been compared in the
pages of French film journal Cahiers du Cinéma to an episode of The Twilight
Zone revisited by Jacques Tati (with a hint of Proust for good measure). But
this offbeat gem is truly one of a kind and a welcome reminder from French
veteran Jean-François Laguionie that animation can be a medium for quiet
lyricism and characters rarely given center stage in live action film. Voiced by
French theater star Dominique Frot’s scratchy, measured singsong, with an
evocative soundtrack of solo piano and occasional choral music, Louise by
the Shore is a delightfully tranquil meditation on solitude and the passage
of time, a profound antidote to the twenty-four-hour news cycle and other
contemporary torments. It is animated using an innovative combination of
traditional 2D animation and digital imaging to create the effect of gently but
constantly shifting watercolors, perfectly suited to this poetic fantasy of offseason
life by the sea.

Jean-François Laguionie

Jean-François Laguionie

Dominique Frot
Diane Dassigny
Tom Anthony
Jean-François Laguionie

75 min.
Canada, France, 2016
Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

First Run Features

$350 – $500