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Gilles, the doctorate student, meets Guylaine, the waitress in a late-night snack. He gets drawn into her world. A world of dealers, petty criminals and mafia guys. Of course, all of this is told in a comical way. There's the voice of the narrator who tells Gilles' story. A bit philosophical, a bit poetical. Camera work is great too. Great use of the split screen. The only drawback, the love story is not credible (even though it's not supposed to be, it's a bit annoying).
The comedy is a hit because of Pierre Lebeau's character: Matroni. He's funny in the way he talks, in the way he acts. Gary Boudreault is also funny.
Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes.
Out of 100, I give it 76. That's good for **½ out of ****.
Seen at home, in Toronto, on November 24th, 2002.
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