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The Far Side of the Moon (2003)
"La face cachée de la lune" (original title)

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After the death of his mother, a man tries to discover a meaning to his life, to the universe and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left: his brother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lepage ...
Philippe / André
Anne-Marie Cadieux ...
La mère
Marco Poulin ...
Carl
Céline Bonnier ...
Nathalie
Fabrice Mongeau ...
Raphaël Dury ...
Étienne Bouchard-Dauphin ...
André á 8 ans
...
L'interpréte
Yves Amyot ...
Le barman
Richard Fréchette ...
Le médecin
Érika Gagnon ...
Philippe's Supervisor
Sergei Priselkov ...
Alexei Leonov (as Sergei Prisselkov)
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Lorraine Côté ...
Marie-Madeleine Bonsecours
Oleg Belkin ...
Le garde du corps
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Forty-something Quebeçois Philippe Roberge is floundering in his life. He believes that no one listens to him or takes him seriously. A graduate student in Philosophy of Scientific Culture, he has just failed his Ph.D. dissertation for the second time, his theory of interest in outer space being a narcissistic response from man being widely rejected throughout the community. To make ends meet, he works selling newspaper subscriptions. And he has a cordial but basically non-existent relationship with his ex-wife. Philippe examines his life in response to the recent death of his mother coupled with his dissertation beliefs. Although she lived in a care home, he acted as her primary caregiver. His only remaining family is his younger gay brother, André, the two who could not have more different temperaments. As such, they do not get along. Following his mother's death, Philippe's thoughts about his life are influenced by three major incidents: being invited to speak at a major conference... Written by Huggo

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17 September 2004 (Sweden)  »

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Die andere Seite des Mondes  »

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CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)

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$4,721 (USA) (2 December 2005)

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$11,367 (USA) (10 February 2006)
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The film is an adaptation of the play of the same name, also written and directed by Robert Lepage. See more »

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When Philippe asks André to adopt their recently deceased mother's pet goldfish, André responds that he's allergic to fish, to which Philippe states that André's only allergic to eating fish. Later, when the two are discussing where they should go for dinner, André suggests going for sushi. See more »

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Man on the moon : A lonely Canadian man learns his lessons about life.
19 September 2008 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

La Face cachée de la lune is a brilliant Canadian film which has human being's fascination for moon as its backdrop.It is for this purpose that we are taken to 1950s when efforts were being made to send a man to moon.We witness how two major scientific powers America and Russia do all that they can in order to outdo each other.All this is done by them so that somebody is able to establish supremacy in all matters related to travel on moon."La face cachée de la lune" is a film for which Canadian auteur Robert Lepage has got complete command as he does more than one cinematographic function.This is also something of a very special film for Robert Lepage as he adapted his own play to create a film version.He has confessed on numerous occasions that this is a film which is very much close to his heart.Complexities of human relationships are also explored by Robert Lepage as his film revolves around two brothers who do not have much in common.Apart from this film's story and innovative plot,Robert Lepage's acting abilities are the best thing to watch in this film.They will really give a nice idea about this great artist's genius.


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