Le Ciel Flamand is a mother/daughter drama set among the backdrop of the sex industry. Sylvie works in prostitution and wants to keep this fact a secret from her young daughter Eline for as long as possible. As such, when Sylvie is at work, Eline is often waiting in the car or being looked after by "Uncle" Dirk. However, this all changes when Eline decides to enter the brothel, which leads to a horrible incident involving one of the clientele. This results in a questioning of Sylvie's choice of career and the relationship she has with her daughter.
Le Ciel Flamand is not really a film about the sex industry, even though the title of the film take its name from the brothel that Sylvie and her mother operate. I can't get too in detail about the film, without mentioning the inciting incident that truly sets the film in motion. I will say that the "Flemish Heaven" description of the brothel ends up being quite ironic, since there is really nothing all that heavenly that goes on behind those doors. However, the film isn't really a condemnation of the sex industry and the bad things that go on just causes Sylvie to think that perhaps she should give a little more attention to her daughter.
- Sunday, September 11, 5:30 PM - Scotiabank Theatre 4
- Tuesday, September 13, 9:30 AM - TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
- Sunday, September 18, 3:15 PM - TIFF Bell Lightbox 3