Through the course of ten years, the director documents her complex relationship with her mother and brother, both of them diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At first, the making of the film seems to bring the family together, but the director immediately realizes things aren’t that simple.
Family-focused documentaries seem to be born out of digital cinema –that has been the way they have spread in the last years. Juanicas starts with memories: the memorabilia collection of Juan, a character we know nothing about until a flashback takes us several years in the past and we find out he’s the brother of the director. After his return to Quebec and an apparent normality, García Casanova’s chronological story progressively reveals us both her mother and brother’s bipolar and maniac disorder. The labels against black frames and a crouched camera that shoots from a distance both inform us of the long enclosure periods, the hospitalizations, and the violence. Obviously, Juanicas tells us the story of Juan, but it primarily responds to the filmmaker’s need to shake off her own ghosts. JP
D, G, E: Karina García Casanova F: Karina García Casanova, Pablo Álvarez-Mesa, Glauco Bermúdez, Carlos Ferrand S: Terry Rodman M: Olivier Alary P: Karina García Casanova, Daniela Flori PE: Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross CP: Eyesteelfilm, KGC Films I: Juan García Casanova, Victoria Casanova Lastra, Karina García Casanova
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She was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1978, and is settled in Canada. She directed the shorts Une bonne eleve (2008) and Les Grands Penseurs (2009).