Shambles

Dir.: Karl Lemieux | Canada 2016 | 91 min

As the fifth Beatle, the Canadian Karl Lemieux is the unseen shadow member of the band Godspeed You! Black Emperor: the artist behind the band's iconic visuals.

He is a musician with an optical instrument, and this can clearly be felt in his raw debut, which is a reckless piece of gangster punk with images of white noise. 27-year-old Vincent has ripped off all the buds on a marijuana field, which unfortunately turns out to belong to the local gangster boss. With his life under threat, he seeks help from his hardboiled older brother, who himself is going to the dogs. And the rest is a dystopian slice-of-lowlife from a failed criminal province, which on paper seems familiar, but which in Lemieux's expressive style looks like nothing else. The director pumps energy out of his black and white, completely monochrome 16mm images, and the more Vincent loses control, the more Lemieux dissolves the backgrounds and lets them shimmer like feedback from a guitar. The balance between raw emotions and the cold world that the imagery reflects is convincing. 'Shambles' is a film that looks good with its attitude.

Original Title
Maudite Poutine
Title
Shambles
Country
Canada
Release Year
2016
Duration
91 min.
Directors
Karl Lemieux
Producer
Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant
Script
Cast
Jean-Simon Leduc, Martin Dubreuil, Marie Brassard, Francis La Haye, Robin Aubert
Camera
Mathieu Laverdière
Sound
Olivier Calvert, Stephen de Oliveira
Editor
Marc Boucrot
Production Company
Metafilms
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
6
Thrills
7
Sighs
6
Laughs
1
Look
7
Food for thought
4