A CENTRE-SUD TALE
(Danic Champoux, Canada). 52 minutes. Rating: NN
Danic Champoux grew up poor in the dilapidated Montreal neighbourhood of Centre-Sud. Now that he can afford to move out, he’s chosen to stay and raise his family there. A Centre-Sud Tale is his snapshot of their world, following a handful of people (including his mother) as they make do with limited incomes and busy themselves over a long summer.
But after a compelling half-hour spent in dollar stores and soup kitchens, Champoux runs out of story, and his movie just circles its point. There’s also a creeping sense that he’s unconsciously exploiting one of his subjects, a young woman spiralling into drug addiction and homelessness right in front of his camera. NW Apr 29, 6:45 pm, Scotiabank 7; Apr 30, 4:30 pm, Innis; May 6, 4:15 pm, Scotiabank 7