Good Riddance | Chicago Reader

Good Riddance

The sublime Canadian actress Marie Tifo stars in this curious 1980 feature by Francis Mankiewicz, which alternates between sentimental miserablism and freezing irony. Saddled with an illegitimate daughter and a drunken, brain-damaged brother, Tifo is the town slut in an oppressive Quebec mountain village, hacking out a living by providing firewood to the wealthy summer residents and carrying on a dead-end affair with the local police chief. The daughter (13-year-old Germaine Houde, in a naggingly creepy performance) decides she has had enough of this uncertain existence and puts into effect a sinister plan to improve her mother's lot. Mankiewicz possesses a dark, provocative sensibility, yet he isn't sufficiently in control of his medium to produce a coherent work out of his conflicting moods.

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