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The sublime Canadian actress Marie Tifo stars in this curious 1980 feature by Francis Mankiewicz, which alternates between sentimental miserablism and freezing irony. Saddled with an illegitimate daughter and a drunken, brain-damaged brother, Tifo is the town slut in an oppressive Quebec mountain village, hacking out a living by providing firewood to the wealthy summer residents and carrying on a dead-end affair with the local police chief. The daughter (13-year-old Germaine Houde, in a naggingly creepy performance) decides she has had enough of this uncertain existence and puts into effect a sinister plan to improve her mother's lot. Mankiewicz possesses a dark, provocative sensibility, yet he isn't sufficiently in control of his medium to produce a coherent work out of his conflicting moods.
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