Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 29th, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 2005
Director: Robert Morin
Writer: Robert Morin
Cast: André Morin, Robert Morin
DVD released: December 4th, 2007
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo French
DVD Release: Atopia
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $20.98
Pow, Pow, Noel is not an easy film to get into not only because of its subject matter which almost feels a tad too real while you are watching it. Apparently most of what happens in the film is based on director Robert Morin and his strained relationship with his own father who plays the other lead in the film. Outside of a nurse or doctor, who pop in here and there this film is almost like a two man play with Robert Morin speaking for not only himself but his father. He achieves the effect that his father is talking by facing the camera at the floor when his voice is talking and then when he responds the camera is once again on him.
Visually Robert’s father André Morin is confined to his bed and needs the help of others just to do the simplest of things. Needless to say there is some very demeaning moments when he is being showered via a sponge bath or having his bottom wiped by a nurse which is not pleasant to view. Ultimately while Pow, Pow, Noel is not a film that I plan on watching anytime soon again because of the its subject matter it is a film that I can appreciate for its daring and provocative look into just how fragile relationships are.
Pow, Pow, Noel is presented in its original aspect ratio. This shot on video production was never meant to look pretty as the director films the action in a more natural documentary style. The image looks clean throughout with colors and flesh tones looking accurate. Details look a tad soft during darker scenes and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release comes with only one audio option French and English subtitles have been included.
The extras are limited to trailers for other Atopia titles on or soon to be released on DVD.
Overall Pow, Pow, Noel is an unconventional film whose dark subject matter may turn most viewers off and now it can be seen via Atopia’s bare bones DVD release.