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Le matou (1985)

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Florent Boissonneault and his young wife Elise always had one dream: own a restaurant. When they meet a strange old man, Egon Ratablavasky, their dream become reality, but only to quick ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Serge Dupire ...
Florent Boissonneault
Monique Spaziani ...
Elise Boissonneault
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Egon Ratablavasky
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Aurélien Picquot
Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge ...
Monsieur Emile
Miguel Fernandes ...
Slipskin
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Pierre Beaudry ...
Priest
Paul Berval ...
Monsieur St-Onge
Rita Bibeau ...
Mme. Meloche
Sylvain Boucher ...
Copain d'Émile
Yvan Canuel ...
M. Boissoneault
Johanne Fontaine ...
Loretta Chuinard
Isabel García Lorca ...
Rosine (as Isabel Lorca)
Robert Gravel ...
Policier
Christian Joli ...
Philippe
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Florent Boissonneault and his young wife Elise always had one dream: own a restaurant. When they meet a strange old man, Egon Ratablavasky, their dream become reality, but only to quick turn into a nightmare when they sadly discover they had been tricked by him, and lost everything. But their dream is not dead, and a strong desire of avenging soon bring them back in business, with the help of an homeless kid, a french cook and a friendly journalist. But the old man still had trick on for them his bag... Written by Jonathan Vézina

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Fine piece of work
4 January 2005 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

I am getting to be a huge fan of Quebec cinema yet it is disappointing to see how few people respond to it here on IMDb. This is a fine film that is not done in the Hollywood school. Quebec indeed has a distinct culture and fine work like this is part of it. This film would not have worked had it been set in Toronto where it undoubtedly would have ended up as ersatz Hollywood. I saw it (on Bravo) with dubbed English sound. The lip synch was poor. Subtitles might have been better. But nevertheless, this is a well produced, well photographed, engaging story with humour, tragedy, love and betrayal. (As well as a big and handsome alley cat, although it has little to do with the plot.) A couple of the characters are a bit overblown and there are one or two murky plot twists. But, on the whole, it is a simple tale well told that also offers a interesting glimpse of Montreal life.


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