In a tiny house in the town of Destor, near Rouyn-Noranda on Highway 101 North, Scott, a repeat ex-con in his fifties, lives quietly with Jessie, his girlfriend 23 years his junior. He spends his time meditating and doing 3D puzzles while Jessie spends hers collecting dolphin figures, dancing to “Summer Love” and smoking weed. Wanting to make a documentary on Scott’s social reintegration, social worker Anick moves in to their house for a few days. While the shoot starts off smoothly, with several funny and touching interviews of Scott and Jessie, things quickly derail. Anick seems more interested in Jessie than Scott. The documentary’s subjectivity is quickly replaced by a growing attraction between Anick and Jessie. The continuous presence of the filmmaker in the enclosed space, coupled with the exasperation Scott feels at being constantly recorded, is causing the pressure to escalate. Scott could lose it at any time.
ÉCARTÉE is a subversively dark comedy that notably recalls the work of Robert Morin. For her first feature film, Lawrence Coté-Collins has chosen a perfectly suited genre that she masters well : the mockumentary, in which the fine line between reality and fiction constantly gets blurred by her sophisticated direction. Well known on the short-film circuit, over 20 of Lawrence Coté-Collins’ 40 productions have appeared in international festivals during her 12-year career. Writer, director and DOP, she notably helms the show SOUPER PRESQUE PARFAIT. Fantasia is extremely proud to present the debut feature from an accomplished artist, within the spectrum of the Fantastique weekend du cinema Quebecois.
— Marc Lamothe