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Christian Laurence (Le journal d'Aurélie Laflamme, Canada 2010)

Director in person
Aurelie Laflamme suspects she is an alien. That would explain why she feels different from everyone else, why she can't string two words together without making a fool of herself and why boys really get on her nerves. Played with winning affection by young actress Rose Adam, Aurelie’s endearing clumsiness positions her as a pitch-perfect, French Canadian version of a Judy Blume character as she navigates her way around the strange conventions of planet Earth. With her school days a complete waste of time and her cleaning-obsessed mother too uptight, Aurelie finds solace in the bright lights of the video arcade, playing Dance Dance Revolution and drinking slushies with her best friend, Kat. Whenever her situation becomes too unbearable, her imagination trails off into elaborate fantasy sequences that provide temporary escape but only seem to land her in more trouble. The whims of Aurelie’s imagined world grow more absurd as she is thrown deeper into the clutches of adolescence, facing teachers, tampons, fake tans and first crushes. Aurelie Laflamme’s Diary juxtaposes these ridiculously silly situations with moments of genuine tenderness, reminding us that Aurelie’s calamitous journey to adulthood is anything but alien.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
An up-close and personal interview with Internet video star Marcel, a tiny shell with one eyeball, two shoes and a really great personality. (Dean Fleischer-Camp, USA 2010, 3 min)


Written by India Desjardins. Photographed by Martin Leon. With Rose Adam, Valérie Blais, Genevieve Chartrand, Édith Cochrane (108 min. In French with English subtitles) Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Sunday, October 23, 5:30 pm
SF Film Society | New People Cinema
1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)
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