Nothing Really Matters @ Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois

One of the English language films being screened at Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois is entitled "Nothing Really Matters," a dark and dreary film about a man's inability to cope with dark memories and overcome his neurosis.

Leo (Yannick Bisson) is a thirty-five year old man with a dark secret. This secret has been eating away at him and he is contemplating suicide in his bathtub. The story traces back his initial meeting with Carly (Pascale Bussière) and how their relationship develops. His issues slowly cause Leo to pull away from the world. From a young age, he was always a bit odd but as he gets older, he develops his own little world and becomes very cynical about life with all the horrible things going on in the world. He also refuses to leave his apartment. This eventually takes its toll on his love life. Carly does her best to be supportive of her neurotic boyfriend yet at the same time tries to encourage him to overcome his issues. The only problem is that the main cause of his issues, if revealed, could be the end of their relationship.

This film is emotionally quite heavy. It deals with dark issues that are quite complex for the lead characters to deal with. The acting is good but at some points the film drags along. From a story point of view it is really a downer and just watching the lead characters horrible experiences is too much at times. It makes you believe that the world really is an awful place. The story just leaves the viewers with a heavy heart, as it is just so tragic.

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