International Shorts #2: “Agony or Ecstasy?”
Like the Ones I Used to Know
Directed by: Annie St-Pierre
Canada, 2021, 18m
In French with English subtitles
East Coast Premiere
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Christmas Eve, 1983. Denis arrives at his ex-in-law’s house to pick up his children to spend Christmas with him. He must contend with drunk relatives of his ex, an awkward encounter with his ex-wife’s new boyfriend, and his children being difficult and unruly about leaving with him, in this honest, slice-of-life drama that is at times both heartbreaking and heartwarming, while perfectly highlighting the struggles that divorced parents face.