L'enfant D'eau

on September 01, 1995 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   A modern-day "Robinson Crusoe," the slight, sentimental "Behind the Blue" details the relationship between precocious 12-year-old Cendrine (Marie-France Monette) and a twentysomething mentally handicapped man (David LaHaye), the only survivors of a plane crash in the Bahamas. Stranded on an island, they must learn to work together to survive.
   Both Monette and LaHaye, who won a best actor Genie for his performance here, are utterly persuasive, but their performances operate in a vacuum. Claire Wojas' paper-thin script shies from the sexual implications of the potentially provocative story, and Robert Menard, one of Quebec's most popular but most superficial directors, chooses the obvious uplifting elements every time, even in the tragic context of Emile and Cendrine's fate.    Starring David LaHaye and Marie-France Monette. Directed by Robert Menard. Written by Claire Wojas. Produced by Robert Menard and Roger Frappier. No distributor set. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 103 min.
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