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The power of music allows Duchesneau to persevere through her struggle with cancer

Singing to survive

In the Key of Claire is the story of MUHC social worker Claire Duchesneau, who has become the surrogate aunt to many refugees and asylees from Burundi and Rwanda.

Quietly quaintly curiouser

Disciples of the Reverend Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, might well cry heresy at the apparent liberties taken by Jonathan Miller in his 1966 television version of this most sacred of childhood stories. Filmed in stark black-and-white with woozy perspectives and Ravi Shankar’s sitar soundtrack jangling throughout, it sometimes seems more 1960s counter-culture than high-Victorian playfulness. And without a working knowledge of the original, you’d be hard-pressed to recognise individual characters from Carroll’s menagerie of all creatures weird and wonderful.

Homework invasion

Starting out like yet another of those triumphant tales about a maverick teacher shepherding some troubled but gifted student towards the sunny uplands of enlightenment, Francoise Ozon’s sprightly and engaging new film, In the House, develops into something altogether more worrying.

Upward Dog

In 2010, Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, Montreal yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, felt that she needed to go on a spiritual pilgrimage, but a trip to India — what most of her peers were doing — was out of the question.

Grin and Bear It

An Algerian teacher bandages the emotional wounds of traumatized elementary school students and faces his own demons.  Set in Montreal, Monsieur Lazhar is a decent two…

Seasonal Affections

In Another Year, Mike Leigh’s latest Oscar-nominated drama, Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent’s long-married couple are called Tom and Gerri. But their marriage has none of…

Explosive Pain

Director Kathryn Bigelow is into metaphors big time. The Hurt Locker, her Oscar-worthy film’s title, can mean any number of things – a dangerous physical space,…