Country of Production: Canada
Year of Production: 2011
Running time: 30min
Language of dialogue: French
Synopsis: Young Ben, recently unemployed, is looking desperately to find a meaningful job for his life he’s wasting. As a last resort attempt, he accept a delivery job for a mysterious man named Mike. After being extremely warned about the confidential nature of the packages he delivers, Ben must deal with doubt and temptation to open the boxes, but at what price?
Will curiosity kill the cat?
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Director: Nicolas Paquin
Screening time: FRIDAY, 8 July, Bór Zapilski 14:30-15:30 (Screening A)
Screening A, all films:
Nicolas Paquin delivers a rock solid direction showcase with “Le livreur” (eng. The delivery man). After a few cuts the self confident and respectable production pops out. Indeed, as time is running out and the film is 30 minutes short the gasping action never goes decrescendo to eventually leave us breathless.
The minimalism and cluster-free atmosphere that Paquin holds until the very plot point are both signs of a straightforward calibrated project as well as a strong statement in the way stories are being told. From the cold open pre-credit sequence to the voice-over haunted ending, “The delivery man” will have visited many genres and its puppet hero grown to a villain you would like to encounter in the Batman franchise. A pleasure for the eye and a bad trip for the senses.
While we easily put people (and film characters!) into boxes, the film deals with the subject of opening them and the MacGuffins one might discover. Neat aesthetics and powerful storytelling are waiting for their audience: the delivery man always rings twice.
Maximilien Van Aertryck