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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 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)
Sophie Faucher ...
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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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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Anomalies in the time-line. Phillipe is supposed to be seven years older than Andre, who was born in July 1962 (year of the laundromat ["lavoir"] scene where his mother goes into labor with Andre). But in July 1969, only seven years later, as Neil Armstrong is stepping onto the moon, according to the credits, Phillipe is 15 and Andre is 8. This would put Phillipe's birth year at 1954 or 1955. But in "present day", Andre reminds Phillipe that he is 42 years old. On their mother's will papers, the date of he death is 11 December 2002. But Phillipe should be 47 or 48 in 2002. See more »

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A Simple Visual Journey
9 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you have never seen any of Lepage's work before, this is a good place to start. You will be entertained, educated and amazed by this movie that was created on a shoe-string budget. The movie is packed full of simple, but effective visuals that don't take over the movie, but seamlessly take you on a journey. I particularly liked the Green Screen effects, which (to the untrained eye) are seamless. The final scene in the airport with the large Aim Higher backdrop was the cream of the crop. I also thought that some of the transitions were simple, yet stunning. It is 'one of those films' you would normally find yourself watching on your own one afternoon. It's not for everyone, but if you are open minded, don't mind subtitles and want some light entertainment then this movie will not disappoint.


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