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Asked by George Melly what it was like going around his 1961 Tate Gallery retrospective, Max Ernst said the pride he felt was like that of a prize stud bull being taken to see his progeny. In Ken Scott's comedy, Starbuck (apparently the name of a famous Canadian bull that sired 2,000 calves) is the pseudonym chosen by David Wozniak, a French-Canadian butcher of Polish extraction, who has precisely the experience Ernst fancifully described.

After having sold a large amount of his bodily fluids to a Montreal sperm bank while a young man, he's confronted by 533 adult children, 142 of whom have launched a class action to discover the identity of their biological father. Come! Come! you might well say. The film's French-Canadian director has much queasy fun confronting David's predicament and its effects on his tight-knit Catholic family and his pregnant fiancee. One way and another, it makes a man of »

- Philip French

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