Three Drops


France Benoit | Canada | 2018 | 21:47

Everyone will lose someone they love at some point, death being our one, universal certainty. But how we deal with that loss is a wholly personal journey. In Three Drops, Yellowknife filmmaker France Benoit narrates the intimate story of her struggles during the first year after her environmental activist husband Doug’s terminal diagnosis. In an effort to connect to him and to find the ground beneath her feet following his death, she continues their annual ritual of writing a letter to one another at Christmas time. Throughout four seasons, her written words are brought to life on screen through mesmerizing interpretive dance scenes choreographed and performed by Tomiko Robson. Benoit’s longtime film collaborator and director of photography Gary Milligan uses black and white to play with the metaphor of shadow and light being inherent in our lives and relationships, while a poignant performance by spoken word artist Paul Cressman underscores the sacredness of a marriage covenant. With original music from Carmen Braden, Three Drops is an inspiring, multidisciplinary exploration of one woman’s resiliency when “til death do us part” becomes her sudden, new reality.

Tomiko Robson

France Benoit

France Benoit

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