A woman is overwhelmed with having to deal with her emotionally unstable daughter, mentally-challenged brother and two suitors while simultaneously trying to run her small firewood business.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Laurier ...
Marie Tifo ...
Germain Houde ...
Louise Marleau ...
Mrs. Viau-Vachon
Roger Lebel ...
Serge Thériault ...
Léo Ilial ...
Samaritain (as Leo Ilial)
Madeleine Chartrand ...
Girl at the bar
Louise Rinfret ...
Girl at the bar
Eric Beauséjour ...
Jean-Pierre Duplessis ...
Marcella Fajardo ...
Marie Laurier ...


Set in a small rural town in the Quebec Laurentians, Michelle lives in an isolated house with her mentally-challenged brother Guy and her 13 year old daughter Manon. Together the three of them survive by running a small firewood business and performing other odd jobs. Michelle is frustrated with living in poverty and being the center of several people who demand her affection; her brother is like a second child who lives in his own world, his romantic obsession with their wealthy client Madame Viau-Vachon being an exercise in futility. Maurice, the local police chief, is her lover and Gaetan, a mechanic and family friend, would like to be. Most demanding of all is her daughter, who has an unhealthy emotional dependence on her. Precocious and uninterested in school, Manon is jealous of her Mother's suitors and angry at being left home to do chores and care for Guy. When an event occurs that threatens the emotional dynamic between Manon and her mother, she becomes obsessed with removing... Written by pr1mal_1

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12 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Good Riddance  »

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CAD 632,000 (estimated)

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In a 2003 poll in La Presse, Les Bons Débarras was named the greatest of all Quebec films. See more »


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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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a true classic
12 February 2001 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

This is definitively the best film ever made in Quebec . It is literally a study on the human behaviour , on the emotions , on life and death .

A little girl who always wants to have the upper hand and who always says what she thinks ( played by Charlotte Laurier , fantastic ),lives with her mother and Guy , the mother's brother, played by Germain Houde , who delivers an impressive performance of an alcoholic simpleton.

The screenplay and dialogues are from novelist Rejean Ducharme , which we can recognize the highly ironic tone . Ducharme fans will undoubtly fall in love with this film .

It is a beautiful masterpiece , lyrical , poetic , touching ,with ironic humour and unforgettable scenes . Its filmed in a way that makes the audience think .I give a 9/10

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