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Algebra: A reunion of broken parts

Friday, August 1st, 2014




A painter grapples with the loss of his sight.

Vincent is a contemporary visual artist in the prime of his career. Everyone loves his work. Raw and emotional it says we can’t or won’t. It reveals ugly truths. He falls in love with Brigitte, a new model. He invites her into his studio. He can’t stop painting her. They end up making love one night against the backdrop of canvas and paint. He asks her “How do you define love?” In whispers she replies “It’s the thing I feel in the pores of my skin.” She’s alluring, nurturing and falls in love with him.

Late one night when Brigitte is sleeping a debilitating headache sends Vincent to the hospital emergency. A build-up of fluid pressure both in his eyes damaged his optic nerves. There were warning signs though. Seeing haloes around lights and momentary decreases in vision. His obsession had pushed everything else to the periphery.

His eyes can’t be saved. He becomes a painter without vision. In the downward spiral of his anger he shuns Brigitte and destroys all of his paintings. He cuts himself off from everything. Except staring into a broken mirror for hours. His psyche spits has he tries to wield his vision back from the dead but it’s no use. He can’t stop. Brigitte tries to reach into him and pull him through the wasteland. He rejects her again.

Desperate to reunite with his vision, he falls in love with the imaginary reflection of his face instead of dealing with the inevitability of his new life.

WINNER: Best Technical Quality, Digi60 Film Festival, Ottawa, Canada 2012 Official selection, Toronto Independent Film Festival 2013 Official selection, ProFiRe Short Film Festival 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland Official Selection, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market, France 2014 Official selection, Resolution 2014 in Ottawa, Canada


Jith Paul

Produced by

Richard Towns


Sasha Chichagov
Martine Roquebrune
Jennifer Vallance
Julien Masterson,
Lisa Bentivoglio
Richard Groen
Jennifer Ide


Story by Jennifer Mulligan
Director of Photography Karim Ayari
Produced by Richard Towns
Directed by Jith Paul
Edited by Jith Paul
Colourist Karim Ayari
Sound design & mix by Howard Sonnenburg
Music by Justin R. Durban
Executive Producers: Karim Ayari and Jith Paul
Second Camera Operator: Nicolas Séguin
Location Audio: Chris Chitaroni, Kevin Friel
Stills Photographers: JF Dufault, Frank Pomerleau
and Mylene Paquin
DMT: Kevin Friel
Makeup: Jennifer Roach and Heather Farmer
Background Performers: : Jean-François Dufault, Michel Lessard,
Michelle Jolin, Julien Masterson, Thomas Jardine,
Christina Roman, Mike Staples, Lee Cyr,
Thomas Heidenreich, Vicki Mavraganis,
Andrée Grégoire and Phil Desmarais
Production Assistants: Keith Fox,
Katelyn Murray and Robert Charbonneau
Original art by Sasha Chichagov
Special Thanks:
Jean-François Dufault
Nicolas Séguin
Carmello Zucco, Mary and Brendan Jaekl
Wallack’s at 231 Bank Street
Stephanie Davy and Invest Ottawa
JP Chartrand and Tony the Concierge
SAW Video
Camera supplied by Parktown