By bringing the novel The Goddess of Fire Flies to the screen , director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette signs a film in the image of adolescence: intense, fiery, painful, poignant and uncompromising.
Adapted from the novel of the same title by author Geneviève Pettersen, The Goddess of Fire Flies follows the destiny of Catherine (Kelly Dépeault), a 16-year-old who has been going through difficult times at home since her parents (Caroline Néron and Normand D'Amour) have embarked on a heated divorce process.
Despite her shyness, she falls in the eye of one of the most popular boys at her school (Antoine Desrochers), who invites her to join his band of friends. With them, Catherine will dive head first into her first sexual experiences and her first drug trips.
Eight years after the release of her drama Inch'Allah , filmmaker Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is making a strong comeback to cinema with this powerful new film which portrays the vertigo of adolescence with great accuracy.
The director has opted for a direct and frontal approach to stage the descent into hell of this teenager in search of strong emotions, in the mid-1990s. The result is a heartbreaking and luminous film which perfectly illustrates the beauty, the fragility and the imbalance of adolescence. Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette has also succeeded in filming with immense sensitivity the first emotions of love and the discovery of sexual pleasure.
In the main role of the film, the young Kelly Dépeault ( L'Échappée ) bursts the screen and plays with a stunning naturalness. The other young actors in the film (including Éléonore Loiselle and Robin L'Houmeau) also offer touching performances while Caroline Néron and Normand D'Amour are crying out for truth in the roles of parents who tear each other apart. It is also impossible not to be moved by one of the final scenes of the film where Catherine finds refuge in the arms of her parents who have agreed to make peace to support their daughter. The Goddess of Flies is, without question, one of the best Quebec films of the year.
The goddess of fire flies
A drama by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
With Kelly Dépeault, Éléonore Loiselle, Caroline Néron and Normand D'Amour