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Wilcox
Original title:
Wilcox
Slovenian title:
Wilcox
Section:
PANORAMA
Country, year:
Canada, 2019
Length:
66
Directed by:
Denis Coté
Screenplay:
Denis Côté
Cinematography:
François Messier-Rheault
Music:
Roger Tellier Craig
Subtitles:
/
Language:
no dialogues
Voting code:
A
Cast:
Guillaume Tremblay (Wilcox)
Awards:
Locarno 2019

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Description:
A quiet, meditative paean to escape from the noise of Western civilisation and breaking free from social norms.
With his huge backpack and high boots Wilcox trudges around the countryside, traversing deserted roads and nameless fields, living in the moment and connecting with nature. Breaking into either abandoned homes, stealing from the supermarket or relying on the kindness of strangers, Wilcox is a man who lives entirely off others' contributions. Deserter, delinquent, or survivalist, the adventurer quietly roams in search of something; in search of a touchstone of some kind; in search of what could more simply be described as freedom.

"I think Wilcox is someone who is looking for some kind of anchor point. We might believe that he's beautiful in his freedom, that he's quasiheroic in the way he turns his back on civilization; but I don't want to ignore the darker sides of him. It's also possible that he is simply a person without direction, and who lacks resources to orient himself. I like that the film fluctuates between despair and this great thirst for freedom. The only identity that Wilcox can be proud of is the one that was sown onto his jacket; he exists in the space between visible and invisible." (Denis Côté)