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20h17 rue Darling (2003)

This is the story of Gerard, a man who miraculously survived an explosion that destroyed his apartment and killed a lot of people. During the next few days he tries to find out why he survived and others died.

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Gérard
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Chantal
Zhenhu Han ...
Le Chinois (as Zenhu Han)
Markita Boies ...
Madame Caron
Michel Mongeau ...
Le policier
Micheline Bernard ...
Madame Laperrière
Louis Bélanger ...
Le caméraman
Louis Sincennes ...
Le chef pompier
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Un pompier (as Alexandre Bisping)
Claude Lemieux ...
Le chauffeur des sinistrés
Yvon Roy ...
François
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Karl
Cédric Pépin ...
Patrick
Vincent Bilodeau ...
Lieutenant Geoffrion
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A former journalist, three times divorced, Gerard is now a member of Alcoholics Anonymous who lives in a small apartment on Darling Street. By a combination of circumstances, he isn't home when his building explodes one evening, causing the death of six people. Moved by the fact that he has escaped death, Gerard finds his old journalistic instincts returning and decides to research his dead neighbors' past to understand what occured, but also to give meaning to this terrible event. Written by Anonymous

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terrific understated original drama
24 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

i just saw this film, and it certainly deserved the accolades it received at cannes.

the writing and acting are excellent, as we follow gerard/gerry, a barely dry journalist, hunt down the stories of those who died in the explosion that destroyed his apartment building. his alcoholism ups the tension as he tries to make meaning out of why someone like him survives the blast, while 'innocents' die. bernard emond has written a great film, and luc picard is especially terrific. the characters are great and overall, this film never even teeters near the edge of maudlin nor overblown drama -- it quietly and swiftly builds a film experience that feels authentic. this is rare in a music-video/cartoon-as-film world.

as a bonus for those who know montreal, emond is particularly true to neighbourhood socio-demographics, values, and locations.

i'm going to watch this one again, something i rarely do.


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