The Kate Logan Affair
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|The Kate Logan Affair|
|Directed by||Noël Mitrani|
|Produced by||Ian Whitehead
|Written by||Noël Mitrani|
|Music by||James Gelfand|
|Edited by||Arthur Tarnowski|
|Distributed by||E1 Entertainment|
|Running time||86 minutes|
The Kate Logan Affair is about a young psychologically unstable police woman named Kate Logan and a married Frenchman who find themselves caught up in a dramatic twisted affair. Based on the true story of a 2002 crime committed by an Alberta policewoman.
Benoit Gando (Laurent Lucas) is an insurance agent from France. He is happily married and a father to an eleven-year-old daughter. He has just arrived in a picturesque town located in the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario for a conference. When Benoit stops to pick up supplies, twenty-seven-year old rookie cop Kate Logan mistakes him for a rapist. She realises her blunder and lets him go. Later that evening she shows up at his motel and offers him a drink in order to make up for her mistake. He accepts and due to her ‘innocent’ flirtations they end up sleeping together.
On a subsequent encounter, Kate shows Benoit how to hold and aim her service revolver. While he playfully does this, never having handled one before, the revolver goes off and a bullet is lodged in the wall of the motel room. Fearing the loss of her job, Kate drags Benoit deeper into the affair and both are now on the run. Benoit just wants to go to the police and tell them the truth that it was just an accident. She keeps him hooked by threatening to tell his wife that they slept together. She tells him that they will come up with a better solution.
The outcome of the situation is tragic, for everyone but Kate. This woman manages to destroy many lives yet comes out of it unscathed.
- Alexis Bledel ... as Kate Logan
- Laurent Lucas ... as Benoît Gando
- Noémie Godin Vigneau ... as Valérie Gando
- Serge Houde
- Pierre-Luc Brillant
- Ricky Mabe
- Cory Fantie
- Martin Thibaudeau
- Bruce Dinsmore
- Tarah Schwartz
- Kate Drummond
This was an interesting role for actress Alexis Bledel to have chosen to take on as she is usually the good girl in whatever she has previously done. The mentally unstable character of Kate certainly is a change for her. Despite having previously been part of a popular television series, Bledel seems comfortable in this low-budget film. Her look of being a very innocent young woman made her unbalanced character appear unassuming.
Like his two lead actors, Mitrani plays his cards close to his chest. He drops just enough clues to pique our curiosity and play to our fears, while keeping us on the edge of our seat until the film’s disturbing conclusion. The Kate Logan Affair is definitely in the category of film noir thrillers. It is dark and very off-beat.
- Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010