LE DEP

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In a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller set in a Que­bec First Na­tions com­mu­nity, Ly­dia (Eve Ringuette) is the du­ti­ful daugh­ter who has come home to work for her fa­ther (Marco Collin) at the gas sta­tion and con­ve­nience store he in­her­ited from her grand­fa­ther. Her fa­ther is im­pressed by the way she has been help­ing him and gives her more re­spon­si­bil­ity: She is to pre­pare the en­velopes of gov­ern­ment wel­fare money that are handed out once a month to needy mem­bers of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion. She also gets the com­bi­na­tion to the safe. Ly­dia, who is in her midtwen­ties, has a boyfriend, Jerome (Yan Eng­land), a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer who is not Innu. They ap­pear to be quite smit­ten with each an­other, and af­ter a co­worker doesn’t ar­rive for her shift, he is care­ful to check on her when she has to work overnight. This is the setup for the drama that un­folds: A masked robber, high on crack, holds up the store at gun­point once he sees that Ly­dia is alone. Very quickly, and de­spite his at­tempts to con­ceal his iden­tity, Ly­dia rec­og­nizes him.

Two chil­dren grow­ing up in the same house­hold can ex­pe­ri­ence their lives very dif­fer­ently. Though Ly­dia left home when she was fif­teen, she doesn’t seem ter­ri­bly trau­ma­tized by what­ever it was she ran from. Her brother PA (Charles Buck­ell-Robert­son), how­ever, did not fare so well, and he has re­turned, gun in hand, for cash to pay off his sig­nif­i­cant debts.

un­folds like a play against the back­drop of the con­ve­nience store and gas pumps, with very few char­ac­ters com­ing and go­ing. Ly­dia must de­cide, mo­ment to mo­ment, whether or not PA is ca­pa­ble of killing her if he doesn’t get what he wants. She is un­will­ing to sim­ply hand over the money her fam­ily and neigh­bors need to sur­vive. But paci­fy­ing PA is dif­fi­cult be­cause he has the un­hinged, des­per­ate qual­ity of a feral dog. With­out the gun, which he jabs into his older sis­ter’s cheek, he would be noth­ing but a sob­bing lit­tle boy. He blames Ly­dia for leav­ing him when she was a teenager, and he tells

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her ex­actly what it was like to live with their par­ents and with­out her.

is a story about trust, fam­ily, and for­give­ness and just how se­verely the bonds of blood can be abused be­fore they are ir­repara­ble. Though the plot points are a bit me­chan­i­cal, the stakes are high, and the act­ing is flaw­less. Buck­ell-Robert­son plays the dis­traught and an­gry PA as if his blood is boil­ing in­side his veins and all he wants is re­lief. This heat is in stark con­trast to Ly­dia’s cold fear, but they are both in need of sim­i­lar so­lace. — Jennifer Levin

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