Ovide Plouffe has married Rita. She still tries to attract other men even after their marriage. Unhappy Ovide feels for Marie - a young French woman he had met. But his catholic background ... See full summary »
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 L'agent de voyage (6 episodes, 1984)
Serge Dupire ...
 Guillaume Plouffe (6 episodes, 1984)
Louise Laparé ...
 Jeanne Plouffe (6 episodes, 1984)
Nathalie Vachon ...
 Arlette Plouffe (6 episodes, 1984)
Julien Poulin ...
 Voyou du cabaret (6 episodes, 1984)
Normand Choquette ...
 Representant de commerce (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Sculpteur (6 episodes, 1984)
Claude Laroche ...
 Vendeur de dynamite (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Agent d'aeroport (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Ovide Plouffe (6 episodes, 1984)
Jean Claudio ...
 Consul de France (6 episodes, 1984)
Anne Létourneau ...
 Rita Plouffe (6 episodes, 1984)
Alain Charbonneau ...
 Commissaire de bord (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Pacifique Berthet (6 episodes, 1984)
Véronique Jannot ...
 Marie (6 episodes, 1984)
Luc Proulx ...
 Prisonnier (6 episodes, 1984)
Claude Lemieux ...
 Prisonnier (6 episodes, 1984)
Bernard Meney ...
 Philippe d'Ormesson (6 episodes, 1984)
Louis-Georges Girard ...
 Gardien d'Ovide (6 episodes, 1984)
Marcel Giguère ...
 Chauffeur de taxi (6 episodes, 1984)
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Dominic Philie
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Ovide Plouffe has married Rita. She still tries to attract other men even after their marriage. Unhappy Ovide feels for Marie - a young French woman he had met. But his catholic background and surrounding can't let him love another woman or divorce from his wife. So Ovide finishes with Marie and plans a trip with Rita hoping for reconciliation. At the last instant he announces to Rita that he can't make the trip. She goes alone. The plane explodes, and Ovide is suspected and arrested for this horrible crime. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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The plot to the film is loosely based on a 1949 murder case that resulted in the execution of a friend of writer Lemelin's. See more »

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After the airplane has exploded in the sky, Pacifique Berthet leaves the scene in a hurry while the other persons who were there with him and should have witnessed the same incident do not react at all to this extraordinary event. See more »

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The shaky bridge between two great movies
5 December 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Le Crime D'Ovide Plouffe is Arcand's film between his neglected masterpiece Gina and his international breakthrough Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain. His work has always showed a lot of ambition ( think about that you intellectuals who degrade him because you say he is only an intellectual movie-maker : a rape/ski-doo party in Gina, the best beer joke in le Déclin and a virgin statue that explodes killing all passengers in a plane crash in Plouffe !). Yet, Arcand, for all the kudos he deserves is often embarrassingly heavy-handed. Le Crime D'Ovide Plouffe proves that. In the first 2/3 of the movie you are enjoying his cynical take on society, his good eye on the flaws of men and women, the last third you are grinding your teeth at his attempt to make the whole movie a big Kafkaesque farce… I guess he just has the defaults inherent in his qualities whatever that means.

Anne Létourneau gives a naïve yet touching performance and brother Gabriel Arcand is chillingly at home in his role but the romance between him and the french girl boringly takes forever to unfold ( my guess is that since the movie was made with French money Arcand had to incorporate into the storyline as many french topics as he could ). He tries to negates that with the Dominique Michel scene but who's the fool ? Arcand, two years later, would make le Déclin, a truly biting satire. That time, in my opinion, he chose to make no concessions. Witness A : Yves Jacques, Québec's best excuse for a successful homeboy actor in France, plays an heterosexual swinger in Plouffe's ( bad casting ) but in le Déclin he plays a Mt Royal gay man craving the attention of his predators. Dead on.


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