CBC Friday Night at Heart
Filmmaker Chloé Robichaud leads this fresh and powerful drama shot almost exclusively on Fogo Island. It follows that the cinematography is well worth watching. We don’t think we know of another film quite like Boundaries—that is, one that so profoundly explores politics and power from a woman’s point of view. Well, not just one woman’s point of view: several women are implicated in an ongoing negotiation between Canada and a financially desperate remote island nation. This is 2016, not 1949, but echoes of confederation are inevitable. That said, the real focus is how the three women featured here must cope with the demands of family, isolation, male privilege, and so on. The performances are strong and intensely persuasive. Note especially Emily VanCamp (whom we loved on Revenge) playing the tough role of a tough mediator—in both official languages. Who knew? Co-produced by the pretty fabulous island creature Barbara Doran, Boundaries is a tour de force of storytelling for all the right reasons. We should feel proud to live in a country that supports a film like this.
Stay after the screening for a special Q&A with director/writer Chloe Robichaud, hosted by CBC.