Lilies (1996)

JOHN GREYSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

Original title:  Les Feluettes

Canada, 1996.  Triptych Media, Galafilm Productions. Screenplay by , based on his play Les Feluettes, ou La Repetition d’une Drame Romantique.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.  

Dull film adapted from a dull play about young love among French Canadian men with all the roles, including the women, performed (as in the original play) by men. In 1950s Quebec, a priest begins to hear a confession from a stranger but ends up being confronted by the man whose life he ruined many years ago when he meddled in the love affair that the confessor carried on with a fellow classmate. The meddling ended up in murder and a wrongful jail sentence, and now it is time for the cowardly priest to pay dearly for it. Director John Greyson has graduated from the grungy filmmaking of Zero Patience with this artistic period piece, but bad acting from the cast and a weak script keep it from being too impressive.

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