A couple years back Quebecois director Erik Canuel made a big splash here in Canada with his action comedy Bon Cop, Bad Cop, a film that skewered language relations here in Canada but did so in such an engaging way that it became a huge hit not only in his native Quebec but also across English speaking Canada - a rare occurrence since Canadian films hardly ever get significant theatrical releases in the English speaking territories of the country and French Canadian films even less so. And now Canuel is back, with his latest feature - the much darker, but still comedic Cadavres - due to release in February.
Cadavres is a tragicomedy about the deadly feelings that unite a brother and sister who have nothing in common. Raymond is a jealous, misanthropic couch potato. Angèle is a sexy TV starlet, childish and disillusioned. One Halloween, their mother, Solange, suddenly dies. Raymond calls his sister for the first time in 10 years. Against all expectations, she agrees to meet him and launches an investigation into their mother’s death, in keeping with her role as a police commissioner on TV. But nothing is ever simple with the Marchildons. What with Raymond's dithering, and the ghost of Solange haunting her children, and Angèle going crazy receiving guests who are as bizarre as they are bothersome – not to mention the bodies piling up in the basement -- it’s hard to maintain a dignified composure. But then again, things were always slightly twisted in the Marchildon household.
I'm not quite sure how to describe the visual mix in this but it looks simply fantastic and since we've got the trailer and a clip below the break I don't really need to, now do I?