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The Far Side of the Moon (2003)

La face cachée de la lune (original title)
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
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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 ...
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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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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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Trivia

The film is an adaptation of the play of the same name, also written and directed by Robert Lepage. See more »

Goofs

When Andre and Carl come to Phillipe's apartment, the heat has been off for two days, Beethoven's fish-bowl is frozen solid, but we do not see the actors' breath. See more »

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Features The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Quirky Genius Robert Le Page!
4 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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