Theodore Pellerin delivers a tour de force performance in “SOLO” with an exquisite direction from Sophie Dupuis

By Oliver Carnay

Theodore Pellerin (Genesis, Boy Erased, Never Rarely Sometimes Always) gives a brilliant and moving performance in this film bursting with energy and illuminating solo performances, as the rising Montreal club drag performer “Simon” at night, and make-up artist during daytime, who falls in love with a newly hired performer, “Olivier” (Felix Maritaud).  This is the third time Pellerin has worked with director Sophie Dupius, who managed to provide the right direction in showing Simon’s vulnerability and artistry, as well as Dupius’ style of storytelling celebrating the drag world in its in-depth reality.
An irresistible spark and chemistry started the first night between Simon and Olivier and soon both are vibrating with passion and romantic flair. But Simon starts to feel confusion and turns into a destructive behaviour when Olivier becomes dominant, also creating jealousy between him and sister “Maud” (Alice Moreault), who have been very supportive creating his gowns ever since. Simon is also deeply moved by his mother’s return after 15 years of absence.  His mother is a bonafide opera singer who is always on a road tour.
SOLO has just finished showing in limited theatres but will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray soon.  Released by Music Box Films, it will be available on digital June 25.