Mouvements du Desir

Director: Lea Pool
Screenwriters: Lea Pool

Institute History

  • 1995 Sundance Film Festival


Mouvements du Désir is, among other things, an intricate analysis of the actual process of love. Although the plot structure is as streamlined as the train in which most of the action takes place, it is the detailed development of the two main characters that makes this film so rewarding.

Catherine and her young daughter, Charlotte, are on a train from Montreal to Vancouver when they meet Vincent. It gradually becomes clear that Catherine is escaping a soured relationship, and Vincent’s promised computer job is not all it is cracked up to be.

As the journey progresses, the two open up to share with each other their dreams and fantasies, first out of boredom born of a long train trip, then as genuine fascination. However, this is a crowded train, and the persistent intrusion of other passengers is a colorful and constant reminder that they are two strangers adrift in a very big world. The vast splendor of the Canadian countryside sweeps by, Catherine and Vincent get closer to their destination, and sexual tension mounts.

In Mouvements du Désir, director/writer Léa Pool has crafted a subtle and fascinating study of two strangers who overcome their static lives to pursue their dreams of passion.

— Christian Gaines

Screening Details

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]