Hèléne Joy has done quite a bit of television, the latest role being that of Dr. Julia Ogden on MURDOCH MYSTERIES. For some inexplicable reason, she has done only one feature film for theatrical release.
Joy played the lead role (Laurel Elliot) in DESOLATION SOUND (2005), a film about a woman who (possibly accidentally) kills her best friend Elizabeth (Jennifer Beals) after learning that said friend had an affair with her husband. After Elizabeth’s death, Laurel begins to take on the characteristics of her dead friend. She starts smoking, dyes her hair black (a poor decision for Helene Joy), and bangs the local sheriff (who has a thing for her) while her husband is out of town.
Writer Glynis Davies littered the script with what, were this a mystery, would be red herrings. There is a sleepwalking, kleptomaniacal child (Emily Hirst), a busybody sheriff’s wife (played by the writer herself), and a lovable, ex-con drifter who makes marionettes (Lothaire Bluteau), just to mention a few. They serve up all sorts of symbolism that if you work at it might relate to the story and the main characters. The plot is sort of Edgar Allen Poe-ish, kind of like The Tell Tale Heart.
Joy won the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female for her role in this film. She really was quite good in it, and outshone Jennifer Beals in the scenes they had together.
There really is a DESOLATION SOUND, about 200 km up the coast from Vancouver, and a provincial park of the same name nearby.
Hèléne Joy uses the two syllable pronunciation of her first name. DESOLATION SOUND is available on Netflix as a DVD, not for streaming.