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12 September 1993 (Canada) See more »
A very low-keyed film, with doses of comedy, about a young man Alex, who returns to Montreal after a five year absence... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Michael Riley ... Alex
Martine Rochon ... Alya
Doru Bandol ... Arto
Heather Mathieson ... Anne

Tod Fennell ... Zachary

Maggie Castle ... Jackie
John Dunn-Hill ... Janitor
Victor Knight ... Albert
Betty Cluthe ... Betty
Maral Hassib ... Anita
Hank Hum ... Andre

Aron Tager ... Bert
François Cadieux ... Anita's Son
Riley Wood ... The Boy in the Train
Didier Lucien ... Grocery Employee
Jean-François Campeau ... Fireman #2
Eric Steingui ... Fireman #3
Jean-François Lafond ... Fireman #4
Wendii Fulford ... Yvonne
André Mélançon ... Garbage Man #1
Sylvain Massé ... Garbage Man #2
Luc Dagenais ... Ranger
Alain Gagnon ... Gate Keeper

Directed by
Arto Paragamian 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Gagnon  writer
Arto Paragamian  writer
Eric Parenteau  writer

Produced by
Alain Gagnon .... line producer
Claude Gagnon .... producer
François Pouliot .... producer
Luc Vandal .... line producer
Yuri Yoshimura-Gagnon .... producer
Original Music by
Nana Vasconcelos 
Cinematography by
André Turpin 
Film Editing by
Christine Denault 
Casting by
Jocelyne Major-Trudea 
Art Direction by
Patricia Christie 
Set Decoration by
David Blanchard 
Sylve Youle-White 
Makeup Department
Johanne Gravel .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Parenteau .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gilbert Verreault .... property master
Sound Department
Yvon Benoît .... sound recordist
Louis Desparois .... assistant sound editor
Louis Dupire .... sound
Louis Dupire .... supervising sound editor
Louis Piche .... boom operator
Martin Pinsonnault .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Courtemanche .... best boy grip
Maarten Kroonenburg .... assistant camera
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Thomas Metzger .... colorist
Other crew
Hélène Grimard .... production accountant (as Hélène Gallizzi)
Françoise Tessier .... continuity

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A thoughtful movie well worth the time spent on watching it., 27 December 2007
Author: misterlei from United Kingdom

This movie has the feel of a continental movie about it. It is infinitely memorable, i loved the space the director gave the movie for the characters to grow and for things to happen. It is a quirky movie as other reviewers have written, and the humour is dry (though slapstick in places, which is really funny); but i liked the randomness of a lot of things in the movie because life is really like that. I was impressed by the scenery of Montreal. There are some very clever shots - for example one shot of the ceiling, to represent the hopelessness that a couple feel whilst lying in bed discussing the state of their relationship. I liked the character of Alex, who is somebody that life sort of happens to, and who finds himself resisting the urge to run when he starts being responsible for what happens around him.

I think you have to either be in the mood for this sort of movie, or be appreciative of the measured pace. A thoughtful movie well worth the time spent on watching it.

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