A CEN­TRE-SUD TALE

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(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

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