Montreal director Maxime Giroux’s Félix et Meira is about the troubled love between Meira (Israeli actress Hadas Yaron), a Hasidic Jewish woman, and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a Québécois bachelor. Meira is married to Shulem (excellent Luzer Twersky), and the couple has a young daughter. But Meira is terribly unhappy with the constraint of religion. She likes to draw pictures in little notebooks, and when her husband is away she secretly listens to R&B records. Félix, who just lost his father, meets Meira at a café in their neighbourhood, and he initiates a conversation about her faith and how they deal with grief. She’s reluctant to speak to him until he shows her one of his drawings. This new friendship quickly becomes love. When Shulem finds out, he reacts at first violently towards Félix. But Shulem is no fool, and is very aware that his wife is unhappy. He visits Félix to talk about the situation. They understand each other more than they think. All it takes is to walk in the other person’s shoes. Giroux’s delicate film was beautifully filmed in Montreal during winter. That frames both Félix’s grief and Meira’s discontent. I highly recommend.
Félix et Meira