Ville-Marie

Ville-Marie ★★★★½

This jumps right out of the gate with high drama and does not let up the whole way through. The film begins with a horrific accident, but then follows two separate paths: a bystander, which introduces us to his actress mother (Monica Bellucci) and her director husband, and the ambulance crew, which leads us to some of the hospital staff. As we kept alternating between story lines, I knew they would be brought back together again, which of course they are through more calamity. The storytelling gives us just enough detail to help fill in the lives of everyone involved without handholding us through the details of every tragedy. And there is a lot of tragedy here.