With a breakout performance by its young lead, Corbo follows sixteen-year-old Jean Corbo as he explores his own ideals and beliefs about the future of Quebec, breaking away from his political family and joining a militant cell of the FLQ in the decade before the October Crisis.
Already a troublemaker at school, Jean (Anthony Therrien) is acutely aware of the conversations and debates around him, as Quebec goes through a period of economic struggle and labour unrest in the spring of 1966. Therrien is intensely studious in the role, as Jean observes and absorbs from his politically divided family and his new radical friends for much of the film before he makes his ultimate decision. As coming-of-age stories go, Jean’s break from his family is pretty intense, as lessons from his multi-generational Italian immigrant family and ominous scenes of the FLQ’s activities before Jean joins up eventually thread together.
The film sets a creeping pace, slow and deliberate with a sparse musical score and measured camerawork. Small moments of joy away from the politics become jarring and fewer and farther between, lending a sense that something major is approaching, bubbling up to the inner climax of the film and suggesting the larger events that will take Quebec by storm in the years to come. (Jenna Hossack)
Thursday, September 4th, 8:15 pm, Scotiabank 13
Saturday, September 6th, 9:00 am, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Sunday, September 14th, 12:15 pm, Scotiabank Theatre 4