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The Necessities of Life -- An Inuit man is diagnosed with tuberculosis by Canadian authorities and forcibly removed from his family and quarantined in a Quebec City. Tivii is uprooted and taken to a sanatorium far from his loved ones. Faced with a completely alien world, he finds himself unable to communicate with anyone until he sparks a relationship with another transplanted Inuit, a young orphan named Kaki.


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30 June 2010 (Belgium) See more »
In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Natar Ungalaaq ... Tiivii
Éveline Gélinas ... Carole
Paul-André Brasseur ... Kaki (as Paul André Brasseur)

Louise Marleau ... Soeur Luce

Guy Thauvette ... Dr. Montpetit

Antoine Bertrand ... Roger

Vincent-Guillaume Otis ... Joseph
Denis Bernard ... Père Millaire
Luc Proulx ... L'horloger
Miali Buscemi ... Qupanuaq
Ann-Sophie Archer ... Infirmière de jour
Alex Thériault ... Patient jaloux (as Alexandre Thériault)
Frédérick Bouffard ... Patient agonisant
Caroline Tanguay ... Infirmière de nuit
Jacques-Henri Gagnon ... L'archevêque
Serge Bonin ... L'aumônier
Guillaume Saladin ... Interprète blanc
Pierre Antoine Lafond Simard ... Aide-infirmier
Stéphane-Antoine Comtois ... Membre d'équipage
Elisapie Isaac ... Mère inuk malade
Sylvain Brosseau ... Infirmier-chauffeur
Annie Neevee Pitsiulak ... Fille de Tiivii (9 ans)
Annie S. Kootoo ... Fille de Tiivii (5 ans)
Patrick Brown ... Patient mourant
Jocelyn Pelletier ... Patient salle commune
Nicola-Frank Vachon ... Patient salle commune
Jean-Claude Godbout ... Patient salle commune

Jean-Alexandre Létourneau ... Patient salle commune
André Duval ... Barbier
Christian Morin ... Préposé
Corinne Germain ... Religieuse au chevet
Jean-René Moisan ... Stagiaire
Martin Perreault ... Stagiaire
Josée-Gabrielle Labar ... Bénévole
Aline Bouchard ... Bénévole
Michael Buscemi ... Bébé inuk
Karina Luzia Desmarais ... Infirmière
Amira Cheriet ... Infirmière
Suzann Méthot ... Infirmière
Jod Léveillé-Bernard ... Patient voisin
Steeve Gagné ... Infirmier costaud
Maxime Allen ... Jeune prêtre
Serge Thibodeau ... Fermier
Gilbert Fontaine ... Technicien radiologiste
Gilbert Marcoux ... Brancardier
Danielle Martel ... Soeur
Pascale Lauzière ... Soeur
Jeannie Kownirk ... Mère

Directed by
Benoit Pilon  (as Benoît Pilon)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bernard Émond  screenwriter

Produced by
René Chénier .... co-producer
Bernadette Payeur .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Marcel Lepage  (as Robert M. Lepage)
Cinematography by
Michel La Veaux 
Film Editing by
Richard Comeau 
Makeup Department
André Duval .... key hair stylist
Nathalie Trépanier .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Francis Choquette .... unit manager
Jaime Tobon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ariane Côté-Chénier .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Luc Boudrias .... re-recording mixer
Patrick Lalonde .... second sound re-recording mixer
Lise Wedlock .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Patrice-Alain Barrette .... technical support: Hybride
Louise Bertrand .... bidding producer: Hybride
Pierre Blain .... digital compositor: Hybride
Jason Bohbot .... technical support: Hybride
Caroline Bélisle .... administration: Hybride
Mélanie Cotton .... technical support: Hybride
Luc Desmarais .... technical support: Hybride
Mathieu Dupuis .... visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Stephan Gervais .... technical support: Hybride
Veronique Guay .... production assistant: Hybride
Myléne Guérin .... visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Jean-Francois Houde .... digital compositor: Hybride
Martine Losier .... visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Stephane Mailet .... technical support: Hybride
Richard Martin .... visual effects supervisors: Hybride
Christian Morin .... digital compositor
Sean O'Connor .... production assistant: Hybride
Olivier Painchaud .... technical support: Hybride
Pierre Raymond .... visual effects producer: Hybride
Sébastien Rioux .... digital compositor: Hybride
Katy Savoie .... production assistant: Hybride
Guillaume St-Aubin-Seers .... digital compositor: Hybride
Jean-Michel St-Pierre Lapierre .... production assistant: Hybride (as Jean-Michel St-Pierre)
Sylvie Talbot .... communications: Hybride
Anne Tremblay .... administration: Hybride
Raphael Valle .... digital compositor: Hybride
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Beaulieu .... best boy
Stephane Boisvert .... generator operator: set
Amelie Duceppe .... second assistant camera
David Giasson .... electrician
Denis Lamothe .... electrician
Patrice Lapointe .... dolly grip
Dany Racine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Paul Viau .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maryse Papineau .... key dresser
Editorial Department
Mathieu Berube .... first assistant editor
Marie-Hélène Bourget .... digital intermediate technician
Marc Lussier .... digital intermediate colorist
Arthur Montreuil .... film color timer
Julien Tremblay .... digital intermediate technician
Other crew
Mona Medawar .... second unit script supervisor
Pascal Pelletier .... production assistant
Marcel Jean .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Ce qu'il faut pour vivre" - Canada (original title)
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Rated PG for thematic materials and brief mild language
Argentina:102 min | Canada:102 min
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Canada's contender for the 2009 foreign language Oscar.See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Good Canadian Drama, 15 February 2011
Author: niko88-1 from California, U.S.A.

Seldom seen film that I caught on either IFC or Sundance channel. Story takes place in the 50's and is about an Inuit Canadian that must leave his family in the frozen north where he lives to receive extensive treatment for tuberculosis. Core of the film shows how the Inuit man struggles with his health, his inability to communicate, immersion into a completely foreign environment, and long term separation from the family for which he is the sole provider for. This film is surprisingly powerful and really creates a lot of strong emotions in the viewer. Slow paced but excellent nonetheless. Beautiful landscapes, great acting, interesting characters, and a compelling story make this movie a hidden gem.

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