As a party wanders into the night, word arrives that Renée has emerged from obscurity. This cataclysmic moment ignites Modeste’s awkward reunion with his older sibling. Renée has been missing for years and her presence unsettles the family, which also includes her own daughter, Athene. As Renée begins to form her dreams from fragments of her past, ominous premonitions disrupt the land. Shot over two years, Ste. Anne traces an allegorical reclamation of land through personal, symbolic, and historical sites all across Treaty 1 Territory, the heartland of the Métis Nation.
This is the first feature-length film directed by Rhayne Vermette who has experimented with connecting images and narratives. Shooting the film for over a year on 16mm film, Vermette focused on using film as a tool that captures the beauty of light, darkness, dust, and snow. Ste. Anne tells the story of a mother returning to her hometown of Ste. Anne after a long time and reuniting with her daughter and her brother’s family who raised the girl in her absence. Although the story is akin to something you can find in mainstream films or TV dramas, the film uses images to dismantle the story instead of constructing a conventional narrative. In addition, rather than presenting a message to the audience, it allows the space of Ste. Anne becomes the main character and conveys the mood through the color and texture of the land, light, and sentiments, which cannot be described by dialogue. There are countless unnamed things in the world, and if films that conceptualize sentiments exist, Ste. Anne would be an example of such a film. (Sung MOON)
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