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Candide Thovex's FEW WORDS

Behind the scenes photos from the filming within.

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Like many professional skiers, Candide Thovex is not a tall man. Unlike some other pro skiers, Candide doesn’t attempt to make up for height with an…
Photos by Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

Like many professional skiers, Candide Thovex is not a tall man. Unlike some other pro skiers, Candide doesn’t attempt to make up for height with an over abundance of hype.

Photos by Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

Review by Christopher D. Thompson

The appropriately named Few Words is a film that focuses on what Candide does best: Let his skiing speak for him.Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

The appropriately named Few Words is a film that focuses on what Candide does best: Let his skiing speak for him.

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

It’s a quieter film than most, especially compared to the other big Quiksilver project on the marquee: The Art of Flight.  In Few Words, the sound of…

It’s a quieter film than most, especially compared to the other big Quiksilver project on the marquee: The Art of Flight. In Few Words, the sound of skis slicing through powder replaces the bass crescendo that would normally drive home the gnarliest of lines.

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

Instead of highlighting cajones and adrenaline, this film focuses on the grace and poise (style if you want to be a knuckledragger) that Candide is…

Instead of highlighting cajones and adrenaline, this film focuses on the grace and poise (style if you want to be a knuckledragger) that Candide is famous for.

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

But don’t be fooled. This film is anything but soft. Not once but twice in the opening sequence, we watch him fall in a definite no-fall zone—and…

But don’t be fooled. This film is anything but soft. Not once but twice in the opening sequence, we watch him fall in a definite no-fall zone—and only seconds later watch him recover and continue on.

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

To see him dominate big mountain lines is to watch art in motion—chaos transformed into order. Candide Thovex is kind of the Jackson Pollock of big…

To see him dominate big mountain lines is to watch art in motion—chaos transformed into order. Candide Thovex is kind of the Jackson Pollock of big mountain lines.

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

Park skiers, not to worry. There is plenty of park and cheese wedge porn for the lot of you. But along with the porn, comes a cautionary tale.Photo:…

Park skiers, not to worry. There is plenty of park and cheese wedge porn for the lot of you. But along with the porn, comes a cautionary tale.

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

The film builds from his beginnings as a skier all the way through his career, toward the final Candide Invitational. We all know it's coming, but…

The film builds from his beginnings as a skier all the way through his career, toward the final Candide Invitational. We all know it’s coming, but nonetheless the crowd in the Boulder Theater deflates at the footage of his injury.

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

But as the film itself attests, Candide is back, and is still showing what skiing should look like. So if you want to see what he's been up to, check…

But as the film itself attests, Candide is back, and is still showing what skiing should look like. So if you want to see what he’s been up to, check it out in a theater. Or buy it on Itunes/DVD. You deserve a little art in your life. —Christopher D. Thompson

Photo: Spencer Francey/Quiksilver

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