Director: Maxime Desmons
Language(s): English and French with English subtitles
Runtime: 89 min
Festival year: 2015
Building from the complexities arising from gay cruising and relationships in a small town, What We Have is a gorgeously constructed film marking the arrival of a signature new queer Canadian talent, Maxime Desmons (writer/director/star). Maurice, a French émigré, tries to escape his past by taking up a rather isolated life in North Bay, Ontario. However, he soon becomes enmeshed as a tutor and mentor of a high school student who is enduring bullying at school. Maurice’s guiding question then becomes: how do you protect someone whose present-day adolescence looks so much like your own troubled past? A beautifully shot and nuanced meditation on cycles of abuse, What We Have takes risks that bring immense rewards.
Post-film Q&A with Director and Producer:
Maxime Desmons immigrated to Canada after graduating from France’s National Theatre School. His short films Baggage/Somebody is Watching Us/D’une Rive à l’autre travelled the world and Bonne Mère was selected at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. What We Have, his feature debut, recently won Best Canadian Feature at the 2015 Inside Out Film Festival.
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