- Transmar Films
Winner of the lucrative Best Canadian Feature prize at TIFF, this fictional full-length psychological study walks the line "between an impartial character study and a work of calculated misogyny." Brutal in his examination of a mother's post-partem depression and unforgiving in his treatment of her story, Lost Song "is not queer in the everyday sense, although it could be seen as a negative comment on heterosexual domesticity and privilege," according to Kathleen Mullen at Xtra! (2). “The woman is the sane person; she runs away from the life that traps her. The others seem sane but aren’t,” Jean said of the film he wrote and directed, as usual, which he admitted was inspired both by a tabloid news story and the Greek myth of Medea.
"All elements of the Canadian helmer’s varied background — in biology, sociology, choreography and documentary — are present in Lost Song which in its harshest moments carries a primal force," wrote reviewer Rob Nelson in Variety (1).