Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Vic + Flo ont vu un ours) opens as Victora, or “Vic” (played by Pierette Robitaille) is released from prison and searching for a quiet place to live outside of Quebec. Well beyond age 40 and aiming to put her criminal past behind her, Vic heads to a farm owned by her uncle Emile (played by Georges Molnar). Surprised to see Emile is now mute and wheelchair bound, Vic figures this is an ideal opportunity for her to settle down in a quiet and remote location with her lover, Flo (played by Romane Bohringer). Also an ex-con, Flo would prefer a more interesting setting with access to men, as she is bisexual. However, she agrees to settle in with Vic for the time being.
The living arrangement between Vic and Flo is actually a violation of Vic’s parole, as she cannot have contact with other ex-cons, let alone share a home with one. However, this proves to be the least of their troubles. Hearing of Flo’s release from prison, Jackie (played by Marie Brassard) stumbles into the picture. Vic is unaware of Flo’s history with Jackie and is naturally curious about who this woman from the past may be. Flo, on the other hand, is looking to move on, as Jackie is part of the reason Flo landed in prison in the first place.
“Côté has always had a skill for subverting expectations and here he manages to slide his film from black comedy to outright horror with the smoothness of a snake.”
— Eye For Film
“The cinematography is hauntingly beautiful.”
— Film Forward
“Montreal critic-turned-filmmaker Denis Cote’s bizarre anti-melodrama of doomed love and gruesome revenge comes on strong with sharp visuals and eccentric humor.”
— The Hollywood Reporter
Did You Know?
For Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Vic + Flo ont vu un ours) , Canadian write and director Denis Coté sought as much realism as possible, especially as it pertained to the prison scenes. While every shot is indeed acted with actors and extras, Coté brought in a parole officer as a consultant on the film. With this resource at his disposal, Coté was able to gain a true life perspective on life within a womens’ prison. Review our Gay Themed Films Here