Familiar Ground

Comedy, Drama
Run Times:
98 min
French (w. English Subtitles)
Fanny Mallette, Michel Diagle, Francis La Haye, Sylvain Marcelle
Stéphane Lafleur
Stéphane Lafleur
Plot Summary

Maryse works in a factory and lives a comfortable suburban life with her husband Alain. Their current obsession: selling a tractor that sits unused on their front lawn. Maryse’s brother, Benoit, lives with their convalescent father. Benoit is stuck in perpetual adolescence, but hopes to settle into a new adult life with his girfriend, an older single mother. Then everything changes. An accident at Maryse’s workplace sparks a series of coincidences and a stranger arrives, claiming to come from the future. Suddenly the brother and sister are launched into a road trip that will change their ordinary lives forever.

Festivals and Awards

Berlinale, Germany, February 2011
*Winner – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Forum of New Cinema

Jeounju Film Festival, Korea, April 2011

Shanghai International Film Festival, China, June 2011

Los Angeles Film Festival, USA, June 2011
*Winner – Best Narrative Feature

Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan, June 2011
*Winner – Grand Prize

Durban International Film Festival, South Africa, July 2011

Melbourne Film Festival, Australia, July 2011

Motovun Film Festival, Croatia, July 2011

Two Riverside Film & Art Festival, Poland, July 2011

Possible Worlds Sydney Canadian Film Festival, Australia, August 2011

Monterrey Film Festival, Mexico, August 2011
*Winner – Best International Feature Film

Films by the Sea International Film Festival, The Netherlands, September 2011

Vladivostok Film Festival, Russia, September 2011

Athens Film Festival, Greece, September 2011

Biennale Maple Movies, Germany, September 2011

Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium, September 2011

Festival du Film Francophone de Tübingen, Germany, November 2011

Ciné Premières Film Festival, The Netherlands, November 2011

Starz Denver Film Festival, USA, November 2011
Les journées du film francophone, Romania, March 2012

FEBIOFEST. Czech Republic, March 2012

Wisconsin Film Festival, USA, April 2012

Transatlantyk International Film & Music Festival, Poland, August 2012

Quebec Cinema in Barcelona, Spain, September 2012

Raindance Film Festival, UK, September 2012

Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, October 2012