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The Auction (2013)

Le démantèlement (original title)
Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Gagnon and Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One ... See full summary »

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Gaby Gagnon
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Accountant / Friend
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Marie Gagnon
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Frédérique Gagnon
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Françoise
Normand Carrière ...
Léo Simard
Dominique Leduc ...
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Gabriel Tremblay ...
Le petit Bouchard
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Louis Amiot ...
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Andre Bussieres ...
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Marc-Antoine Béliveau ...
Homme du refuge
Nathalie Cavezzali ...
Journaliste (voice)
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Concierge
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Auctioneer
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Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Gagnon and Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One day, the oldest asks him for some financial support so she doesn't end up losing her house. Gaby, for whom fatherhood has evolved to a point where it became unreasonable, decides to dismantle the farm. Written by Anonymous

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Gaby Gagnon: Fathers need to give to be happy. We're like that.
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Written by Jerry Garcia (uncredited) and Robert Hunter (uncredited)
Performed by Grateful Dead
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The meaning of land and family history - "Le démantèlement"
19 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Canadian writer/director Sébastien Pilote has created a fine little film that in many ways plays like an elegy to times past. The film moves slowly, like a gentle stroll in the Canadian countryside, the action is spare, the acting is excellent and the message is exquisite.

Canadian farmer Gaby Gagnon (Gabriel Arcand) tends his sheep on his lovely little farm in northern Quebec and much of the essence of the film is his interaction with the land and the animals that have been his life. He has named the highly regarded farm Bouchard & Sons, hoping his farm will be passed to his sons. But instead of sons he has two daughters – Frédérique (Sophie Desmarais) and Marie (Lucie Laurier) - and both have moved away from the farm to Montreal and into different lives. Marie and her 2 sons visit Gaby requesting financial support: she has left her husband Steve and needs to buy Steve's half of the house to maintain her family. Gaby wants to help her but realizes that the only source of money he has is Bouchard & Sons, which would mean essentially ending Gaby's home and way of life. It is a conflict well resolved by the writer/director.

The sense of isolation, need, seclusion and yet camaraderie with his fellow farmers who know and love nothing more than the life of a farm makes this a very nostalgic film. Gabriel Arcand is luminous as Gaby and every moment of his struggle we feel intensely. The film score by Serge Nakaushi-Pelletier is at once simple and eloquent and the cinematography by Michel La Veaux captures the essence of the Canadian countryside. In all, this is a gentle, quiet, slow moving film about emotional decisions and family commitment and traditions and it plays very well indeed.


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