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Home, Not So Sweet, Home; Dolan Muse Suzanne Clément Toplines Michael Rowe’s “Rest Home”

Australian-Mexican helmer Michael Rowe has selected the city of Montreal as the backdrop and has chosen Xavier Dolan muse Suzanne Clément to share the lead in his third feature film. A Cannes Film Fest type reunion for the director and actress (both won awards with films that played in Cannes), Rest Home will be both Rowe and Clément’s debut in the English language. She shares the screen with fellow Quebecois thesp Paul Doucet. Lensing began last week. Possibles Média and Fresh Water Pictures are producing.

Gist: David (Doucet) works days and nights as a guard in a retirement home. He dotes on his children, his wife (Clément) lives a care-free existence and keeps the wheels of his life turning with painkillers. But when he catches her with a lover, his life spirals out of control, taking him to the brink of insanity.

Worth Noting: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy (where Clément plays a supporting character to Anne Dorval) was just nominated for an Indie Spirit Award.

Do We Care?: Año Bisiesto put the director on the map, but his sophomore 2013 film but look forward to his final instalment in films based on solitude trilogy.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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