Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Un 32 Aout Sur Terre
Canada, 1998. Max Films Productions. Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve. Cinematography by Andre Turpin. Produced by Roger Frappier. Music by Nathalie Boileau, Robert Charlebois, Pierre Desrochers, Jean Leloup. Film Editing by Sophie Leblond.
Pascale Bussières plays a model and actress who changes the direction of her life following a near-fatal car accident. She calls up her best friend and announces that the pact they made some years before, to have a baby together if they’re not yet attached to anyone else by the time they’re 30, is now requiring fulfillment.
Her best friend reminds her that she still has some four years to go and he is actually seeing someone, but she eventually manages to convince him that she wants to have a child and he need not be its practical father if he doesn’t want to be. The twist is that he agrees to impregnate her the old-fashioned way, but wants specifically to make love to her in a desert.
Since the nearest one is in Salt Lake City, the two hop on a plane with the intention of having a straight-forward afternoon of lovemaking until strange circumstances get in their way and they spend the day in intense conversations instead. Denis Villeneuve’s direction is very loving towards his characters, giving their every thought and feeling the attention that they are due.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1998