|Ski Film Review: Few Words|
Few Words is Quiksilver's latest two year film project that takes a closer look at Candide through his travels from an upcoming teenager to now. Unlike the Candide Kamera series, this film is aimed at a wider market rather than his previous target markets who are all fully aware of Candide's achievements. However, this seems to work in the films favour. At every moment the film manages to successfully engage the user into his story with archive footage, interviews with fellow professional skiers and snowboarders and those who are close to Candide himself. Even if you already know Candide's story well, Few Words manages to find a balance between the old, and new, interviews, and skiing.
The film documents the tale of how Candide Thovex has managed to reach the heights of both freeride and park skiing, alongside other key moments such as Chad's Gap, the Candide Invitational events, and his infamous broken back injury.
Interestingly, this project had two directors, Simon Favier (from Candide Kamera) and Matt Pain. Importantly though, Matt, who is usually known for his snowboard movies, was in charge for the latter part of the project, including the editing. Despite the fact that Matt knew very little about either skiing or Candide before joining this project, his outside perspective plays a key role in the balance of the movie. It is his outside perspective that has enabled to bring yet another element from the snowboarding world into the skiing world with success.
Throughout the film you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see Candide destroy more pillows, drop more D-spins, and casually carve through the mountain. It is impressive how clearly Candide displays his ease with the mountain in his style, and it is this ability which makes the film so gripping.
From a cinematographic perspective, Few Words has everything you would expect from a well supported movie. The music generally fits well with the action happening on the screen and the only real complaint is that you don't get to see more of Candide on the mountain.
Nonetheless, one of the best segments comes towards the end of the film, where Candide and his friends are shot enjoying themselves on their home mountain in La Clusaz, using every roller, kicker, and bump on the mountain to their enjoyment. It's great to see that someone who has been in the freeskiing circuit for as long as Candide has is still enjoying what he does.
Overall, this is a refreshing gripping tale of one of the skiers who has helped shape and progress skiing for our generation.