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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)
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)

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

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$11,367 (USA) (10 February 2006)
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Nearly perfect
4 June 2006 | by (Crozet, VA) – See all my reviews

I would have liked to have given this film a 9.99, since there were two scenes which I felt were just a bit too long. Since it is closer to a perfect ten than a perfect 9, however, I had to give it a 10.

"Far Side of The Moon" is an absolute gem of a film. Robert Lepage is another one of those depressingly competent people who writes, directs and stars in his own films. It is so enchanting that its length (under an hour and three quarters) seems even shorter than it is.

"Far Side..." is chock full of the most carefully constructed sequences I have ever seen in the cinema. There is literally not one frame that has not been carefully nurtured and coaxed into place--like a piece of a brightly colored mosaic--to create what must be one of the most seamlessly engineered set of images in film history.

There are no "stock" shots in this film. Not one shot is ever simply thrown in to get on with the plot. Each scene segues beautifully into the next, each is composed with the utmost care. This is what film making should be.

While the movie relies servilely on (often complex)special effects for the realization of its vision, these techniques are not there just for the "wow" factor; rather they are all in the service of a unified directorial vision, full of resonant symbols and painterly motifs that seem always to reach toward each other as if in a dance.

You would think that this obsessive attention to setting and color and detail would make the movie stiff and formal. But it does not. First of all, Lepage (and his character Philippe) are full of such self-deprecating irony that there are almost as many laughs as there are sighs of wonder in the movie.

But moreover, the film is a supremely dramatic and melancholic tale, . Lepage has created in his character Philippe probably the greatest sad sack since Nabokov's Pnin. You can't help but feel for the poor helpless loser, tricked by his hyperactive and poetic imagination into a failed marriage, a failed university degree, and a failed relation with the only two family members he has.

Funny, tragic, witty, and visually splendid. Why don't more moves like this get made?

Numer of car chases: 0 Number of gun shots: 0 Number of psychopathic killers: 0 Number of action heroes: 0


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