A recently widowed woman leaves the hospital after a drunken auto accident, bruised but determined to remake her life. But a dog that won't stay tied up leads her on unwelcome voyages of discovery, and she finds out about her victimization by former lovers.

A recently widowed woman leaves the hospital after a drunken auto accident, bruised but determined to remake her life. But a dog that won’t stay tied up leads her on unwelcome voyages of discovery, and she finds out about her victimization by former lovers. For obvious commercial reasons, B. de Burgh shot her debut feature in English. But it’s clear, from more than Pascale Montpetit’s suspiciously Gallic “Polish” accent, that pic’s straight-ahead tone and unapologetic working-class attitude are French-Canadian by birth. Despite Montpetit’s charisma in the not-always-sympathetic lead role, “Katryn” is unlikely to travel south of the border.

De Burgh makes the most of her heroine’s brusqueness to show her unsentimental links to the employees of the small diner that she’s barely keeping above water. She chains a silver-gray German shepherd to her car, but the dog gets loose, and when she follows him, she discovers her abusive boyfriend has a wife and the saintly bourgeois husband who “saved” her from a life of degradation kept a mistress and kid on the side. It’s a sobering experience.

Katryn's Place

Canada

Production

A Cinema Libre presentation of an Onion Factory production. Produced by Melissa Malkin. Directed by B. de Burgh. Screenplay, James Galwey, from a story by Jeanne Kassir.

Crew

Camera (color), Pierre Lambert; editor, De Burgh; music, Michel Smith; production designer, Terry Lalos; costume designer, Jennifer Grenier. Reviewed at Montreal Film Festival (Panorama Canada), Aug. 24, 2002. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Pascale Montpetit, Eric Goulem, Angelo Cadet, France Arbour, Chip Chiupka, Marthe Turgeon.
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