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Détour (2009)

Léo est un homme apparemment sans histoires : secrétaire timide et réservé, il mène une vie tristounette depuis 22 ans aux côtés de la même femme, dans le même petit bungalow de banlieue. ... See full summary »

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Isabelle Guérard ...
Lou
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Suzanne Champagne ...
Maryse Huff
Sylvie Boucher ...
Lyne Ventura
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Mayoress Pauline Courchesne
Jeff Andrews ...
Francis 'Frenchy' Fradette
Émilie Labranche ...
Pissed environmentalist
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Léon Hivon
Marie-Pierre Valay-Nadeau ...
Manon
Sandra Lecouteur ...
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Gil Leveck ...
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Jean Saint-Pierre ...
Another guy
Éric Butler ...
Councillor 1
Normand Robichaud ...
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Léo est un homme apparemment sans histoires : secrétaire timide et réservé, il mène une vie tristounette depuis 22 ans aux côtés de la même femme, dans le même petit bungalow de banlieue. Il remplace au pieds levé un collègue ingénieur et part au Bic présenter un projet de transformation du parc national en attraction touristique. Peu avant son arrivée au Bic, Léo rencontre Lou, une jeune femme en détresse, en tombe amoureux et décide de l'aider de bon coeur. Pour conquérir la belle - qui décidément ne résiste pas trop aux avances de Léo - il doit la libérer des griffes de Roch, son chum hirsute, jaloux et irascible. Et, loi de Murphy oblige, Léo doit en parallèle faire face aux habitants qui ne veulent rien savoir de son projet d'attraction touristique.

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18 September 2009 (Canada)  »

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Worth the detour all the same!
15 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Détour" had a good potential.Léo is an interesting character: a not-so-handsome middle -age man,a modest secretary (who claims he is an engineer);his sick wife treats him like a child (the first sequences),she is herself not attractive and bovine ;besides ,his boss is a woman ,an authoritative blonde who wants him too (but as a toy ,not as a man).

His meeting with a hot babe may seem the birth of his manliness,the chance to prove he is a man;alas,this sexy girl is married ,and her husband is a crude jealous brute who beats her and treats her like a dog:the performance of the actor is a bit over the top and gets in the way;so does the thriller side which is quite derivative (and borrows from Clouzot's classic "Les Diaboliques");actually you guess what lies beneath before the "revelation".

The film is a long flashback framed by pictures of Leo in close-ups;his words are moving and show what the movie could have been, had it remained a psychological drama instead of turning into a real farce sometimes.

The movie also shows pollution and protection of the environment are a matters of great concern to Canadian people:it may have fitted the "Détour" concept but it is too quickly forgotten.


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