Just being released from prison Victoria settles into a small cottage in the Quebec countryside. Taking care of her dying uncle, Victoria and her girlfriend, Florence, live a life of near solitude. Denis Cote's Vic + Flo Saw A Bear is an intimate yet sometimes frustrating examination of a relationship in which the two participants want very different things. Victoria is much older than Florence, fearing its just a matter of time before Florence moves on. She doesn't need or desire anything but Florence with Florence herself, being much younger, not ready to settle down in this secluded area. Vic + Flo's pacing can be a little frustrating but the film is a powerful examination of a relationship. These two women clearly care deeply for each other and Cote captures all the insecurities and faults with a narrative if many layers that is very unpredicatable. The ending gives the film a very poetic conclusion with Cote suggesting that love and relationships aren't easy but if its meant to be it will happen. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear is not an easy film for the casual film fan but gor those who stick with it, it can be quite rewarding.
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