Snow & Ashes

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"Two war correspondents. Only one comes back."
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 5.8  (132)

Snow & Ashes is a 2010 Canadian drama film directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud, adapted from his own novel. The film stars Rhys Coiro, David-Alexandre Coiteux, and Lina Roessler in lead roles. Set in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake, the film explores the themes of survival, hope, and human resilience. The story follows a Canadian journalist named Jérôme (Rhys Coiro), who travels to Haiti after the earthquake strikes the island nation in 2010. He is on a mission to find his friend Daniel (David-Alexandre Coiteux), a humanitarian aid worker who went missing in the disaster. Jérôme teams up with a local teacher named Jacqueline (Lina Roessler) to search for Daniel in the rubble-strewn streets of Port-au-Prince.

Their journey takes them through the chaotic aftermath of the earthquake, where thousands of people are dead or missing, and basic necessities like food, water, and medical supplies are scarce. Jérôme and Jacqueline witness first-hand the horrors of the disaster, as they encounter wounded and traumatized survivors, looters, and gangs.

As they navigate through the ruins of the city, Jérôme and Jacqueline form a bond based on their shared experiences and their desire to help others. They encounter various characters along the way, including a group of orphaned children, a local priest, and a group of American soldiers. Each encounter sheds light on the complexities of the situation in Haiti and the challenges faced by those trying to rebuild their lives.

The film is visually stunning, capturing the bleakness and devastation of the earthquake with gritty realism. The camera lingers on debris-filled streets and collapsed buildings, creating a sense of desolation and despair. Yet, there are moments of beauty and hope amid the destruction, such as the scenes where Jérôme and Jacqueline connect with the children or share a moment of respite amidst the chaos.

The performances by the three leads are excellent, particularly Rhys Coiro as Jérôme. He brings a sense of urgency and determination to his role, conveying the personal stakes involved in his search for Daniel. Lina Roessler is equally compelling as Jacqueline, a woman with a deep sense of compassion and resilience. David-Alexandre Coiteux is strong in his portrayal of Daniel, a man grappling with his own fears and doubts while trying to do good in a dangerous and unpredictable world.

Snow & Ashes is a poignant and impactful film that raises important questions about the nature of human suffering and the power of hope. It is a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of coming together in times of crisis. Charles-Olivier Michaud has crafted a powerful film that deserves to be seen by a wider audience.

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    5.8  (132)