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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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Presenter
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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Release Date:

17 September 2004 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Die andere Seite des Mondes  »

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Budget:

CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$11,367 (USA) (10 February 2006)
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The characters of Phillippe and Andre, who are told frequently that they resemble one another, are both played by writer-director Robert Lepage. This explains why there are almost never in the same shot together. 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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Quirky and thoughtful
25 May 2004 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

I read nothing of this movie before going in and I'm glad I didn't. I think I would have been put off by any reviews.

This is a great story of human interaction and sibling connection while exploring the depths of the great space race and how it affected one boy's life. Beautifully filmed and containing some truly amazing dialogue, Lepage manages to create an insightful, sometimes funny story of one man's struggle with life.

Lepage is a great talent. He not only starred in but also wrote and directed this great little movie. I think many will miss this one which is really sad. Movies like this should really be part of everyone's regular viewing. We'd all be much more enlightened characters if that was the case.

8/10 Innovative, fun and entertaining.


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