Monday, March 11, 2013

The Girl From Nowhere

Director Jean-Claude Brisseau plays the lead role in his haunting film The Girl From Nowhere.

Brisseau’s character Michel is a retired math professor, trying to organize his thoughts in writing a book on the psychology of illusions and delusions.   The quiet world of this widower of 29 years changes, when Michel rescues a 26 year-old homeless woman named Dora and allows her to recuperate at his apartment.

Dora (Virginia Legeay), initially, becomes his muse, bringing a coherence to his thoughts, but the plot takes a more mystical turn, when we learn she has the ability to sense and see spirits.

Her presence even brings them forward and strange happenings begin to occur in the apartment.
Michel, who is a non-believer in religion or the spiritual at the outset, begins to believe Dora is the reincarnation of his dead wife and wants to will all his property to her, when he dies.
The question becomes whether Dora is a minister of good or an angel of death.

Though some of the setups are not fully answered, especially the one that literally lifted audience members off their seats, this is a very interesting and entertaining film for adult viewers.

I give The Girl From Nowhere a 3+ out of 5.

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