A Canuck mother retreats to the lonely and wintry wilds after the shocking death of her violinist daughter in “Mourning for Anna,” Quebecois helmer Catherine Martin’s austere yet intense meditation on parental grief. Impressively carried by thesp Guylaine Tremblay (“Summit Circle”), and exquisitely framed in often symmetrical compositions by d.p. Michel La Veaux, this picture of intense personal loss should resonate with older femme auds. Pic goes out in Quebec Aug. 13.
After her child, Anna (Sheila Jaffe), is murdered, middle-aged divorcee Francoise (Tremblay) moves from Montreal to an isolated family cottage. During an aimless walk in the snow-covered woods, she feels the urge to lie down and become one with the surrounding cold. Though the setup may sound like an overly simplistic bid to visualize someone’s terrible loss and pain, Martin and especially Tremblay give Francoise an earthy groundedness that keeps things from turning maudlin, even when the ghosts of her deceased female relatives appear at her bedside. Francois Papineau, as an old friend who lives nearby, turns pic’s second half into a slightly more hopeful two-hander. Assembly is thoroughly pro.