Published Sep 01, 2001
If it's an aspect of the Canadian character to try to be all things to all people, to shy away from being judged, to want to be liked at the cost of our identity, then the protagonist of Andre Turpin's "Un Crabe Dans La Tete" is a living embodiment of that quality. Alex (David La Haye) is a deep-sea photographer who bends his will to accommodate everyone in his life, and his new lover, a comely but acerbic film critic, loathes him for it. Eventually, a controversial series of his photographs force him to take a stand, as if his own subconscious (he doesn't even remember taking the photos) had to rebel on its own. Turpin's lively, unencumbered direction and ingenious script make this one of the most bracing Canadian films of the year.