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After reading the comments on this film, I came to the conclusion that it is hard to get the point. Since I just had a class interview with Robert Morin, I'm able to give some specifications...
First of all, the actors are not really actors. They're real ex-junkies who accepted to give some of they're time to an incredible independent filmmaker. The script was written to give the (actors) a chance to improvise. In fact, most of the dialogs are the junkie's real opinions on life and society. Morin gave them specifications on what subject they would have to talk about but he wasn't really giving them written dialogs. The director had already experienced this kind of work in the movie La Réception. The characters in this movie are actually real ex-prisoners.
Morin always mix up reality and fiction in his (home-video) movies. Has for the amazing camera work, brilliantly handled by Jean-Pierre St-Louis, it helps Morin carry the spectators into a deeply disturbing reality. Even if it can seem a little (sketchy) for some people, this camera work is the work a genius.
In this piece of art, Morin successfully tried to expose the mind of junkies. This film is more than a movie, it's an experience into the underground world of real misery, pain and dependence...
Winner of the 1998 AQCC Prize for Best Film, this movie deserves respect and admiration. The originality of Morin's art is totally incredible. But warning : Not recommended to the easily offended... In fact, if you have ever been chocked by any movie, don't watch any film from Morin's filmography.
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