Title: Story of Jen AKA: Year: 2008 Original title: L'histoire de Jen Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes Country: Canada | France Language: French | English Subtitles: None Genre: Drama | Mystery
Director: François Rotger
Cast Laurence Leboeuf ... Jen Marina Hands ... Sarah Daniel Pilon ... Melvin Tony Ward ... Ian Annie Murphy ... Ana Francis X. McCarthy ... George Weinmark Daniel Richard Giverin ... Glen Reed Joanna Noyes ... Claire Weinmark Paula Jean Hixson ... Dottie Corman Richard Robitaille ... Man in a cheap suit Amanda Strawn ... Counselor Joy Wielard ... The 'deer woman' Richard Paquet ... Hiker Scott Hutchinson ... Hardware shop employee Bill Rowat ... Ray Corman Valérie Chiniara ... High school girl #1 Susanna Fournier ... High school girl #2 Travis Martin ... Raz Adrienne Mei Irving ... Shirelle Rhiannon Moller-Trotter ... Anneliesse Tedd Dillon ... Bartender Jeffrey Martel ... Daniel Rockne Corrigan ... Jerry Pace Daniel Rindress-Kay ... Joel Pace Lawrence Labonté ... Tulsa kid 1 Todd Burns ... Tulsa kid 2 Janick St-Onge ... Tulsa kid 3 Alexandre Lapierre ... Tulsa kid 4 Fannie Tétreault ... Kissing girl Akim Gagnon ... Kissing boy Charles Lamoureux ... Pace family friend Linda Forget ... Waitress Tyler Hall ... Driver
Plot / Synopsis Story of Jen / L'histoire de Jen stars Laurence Leboeuf in the title role of Jen, a teenager who we are introduced to at quite a trying time in her life. Jen lives with her mother Sarah (Marina Hand) and there is a quiet sense of unrest in their home and a huge emotional weight that is ever present in the home and that Jen carries with her as well.
Jen is shown as a bit of an outsider, but quite a different portray of an outsider. She's no more or less awkward than anyone else, she's very aware of how and why can fit in and be approached, yet she never goes that but rather thinks about these things. There is a beautiful, haunting realness to the character of Jen as someone who could be easily overlooked and underappreciated. Laurence Leboeuf (Durham County) does a beautiful job of bringing Jen to life with an understated yet very deep performance.
Further tension and unrest comes into the family home when Ian (Tony Ward), who is referred to as her fathers half-brother, enters under the explanation of helping them out Jen and her mother. We begin to see Jen's inexperience, curiosity and longing start to take centre stage as her thoughts continue to focus on Ian.
A mother searches for the man who came into her life, seduced her daughter, and disappeared. The film has lots of interesting elements to it that really drew me in. I loved how it was in both French and English, with Jen living in a French-speaking home but goes to an English speaking school. I loved how it took on the complicated and confusing experience that coming of age can be. Overall I really enjoyed the film and found it to be a suprizingly dark, but realistic take on coming of age. I wondered if the brief moments that that skirt the lines of magical realism might have pull people out of understanding or relating to the film, especially giving it's quietly socially religious setting. Personally I found these elements fascination and a spectacular addition to the film. I also thought it was beautiful how undefined a lot of the film is, how it's open to interpretation and can certainly be gray in some areas. Although that's quite a daring choice when you are telling a story through film, I think it's a brave choice and really speaks to how complicated coming of age can be, and certainly is with our protagonist Jen.
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