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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
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 »
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 »
This movie is an acquired taste. At first, I don't realize that Philipe and Andre's connection besides being brothers. Both are brilliantly played by the writer and director, Robert LePage. He is a visionary who has written, directed, and act reminds you of French Canadian Woody Allen. In this film, he plays Phillipe, a loner who wants to get his Ph.D. in proving men's narcissism and the quest for space. He has tried to argue it a few times before and been denied. In his quest, his mother dies. He and his brother have an estranged relationship. The film explores Phillipe's history especially his fascination with space. This film has its moments especially the spa scene at the gym where he runs into Carl. I can relate to Phillipe who I think is misunderstood. The ending threw me off completely and I didn't get it. We can all relate to Phillipe who has a dead end job answering phones for the government.
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