TIFF 2006 Preview: Canada First: Sur La Trace D’Igor Rizzi
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TIFF 2006 Preview: Canada First: Sur La Trace D’Igor Rizzi

2006_09_05_igorrizzi.jpgA sparse and lonely film, Sur La Trace D’Igor Rizzi concerns Jean-Marc Thomas, played by Laurent Lucas. A former European soccer player, he now, in an attempt to be closest to the spirit of his dead lover, wanders the streets of her hometown, the perpetually snowy Montreal.
Of course, no longer a famous soccer player, not only has his physique gone but so has his cash, and he resorts to petty crime to pay the bills, eventually being tasked with performing a ‘hit’ on Igor Rizzi, a man whose fatal mistake is never explained.
There’s more to Sur La Trace D’Igor Rizzi than that; in actuality the trail is little more than a red herring. This film is most essentially an examination of the grieving process taken to extremes, and watching Jean-Marc mope about his empty home and the icy streets is suitably melancholic. Certain shots have been picked with an impressive eye but seem to lack a cinematic flair; perhaps only through inexperience. This is the kind of feature the Canada First! Programme must have been made for – not perfect, but so much promise. 3.5/5

Preceded by short film Down Payment on a Dead Horse.