7 user 1 critic

Un zoo la nuit (1987)

Marcel, recently released from prison, attempt to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend Julie (now a prostitute) and especially his father Albert (who thinks he's been away on a long... See full summary »


Jean-Claude Lauzon
16 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Léolo (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon
Stars: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte
Orderers (1974)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A fact-based account of ordinary citizens who found themselves arrested and imprisoned without charge for weeks during the October Crisis in 1970 Quebec.

Director: Michel Brault
Stars: Hélène Loiselle, Jean Lapointe, Guy Provost
Elvis Gratton (1981)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Directors: Pierre Falardeau, Julien Poulin
Stars: Julien Poulin, Marie-Claude Dufour, Pierre Falardeau
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A woman is overwhelmed with having to deal with her emotionally unstable daughter, mentally-challenged brother and two suitors while simultaneously trying to run her small firewood business.

Director: Francis Mankiewicz
Stars: Charlotte Laurier, Marie Tifo, Germain Houde
Octobre (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A dramatization of the infamous Canadian terrorist abduction & murder of a government minister by a cell of The Quebec Liberation Front.

Director: Pierre Falardeau
Stars: Hugo Dubé, Luc Picard, Pierre Rivard
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Québec-Montréal: 250 km of asphalt, nine thirty-something travelers, four cars, one destination. The journey becomes an opportunity to share points of view about life and discuss troubling ... See full summary »

Director: Ricardo Trogi
Stars: Patrice Robitaille, Jean-Phillipe Pearson, Stéphane Breton
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

French Canadians face execution after a revolt against British bureaucrats in Quebec.

Director: Pierre Falardeau
Stars: Luc Picard, Sylvie Drapeau, Frédéric Gilles
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The year it took Dede Fortin to write and record "Dehors Novembre" is revisited in this doc. Swinging between crippling despair and fervent creativity, the past that haunted Fortin until ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Philippe Duval
Stars: Sébastien Ricard, Joseph Mesiano, Dimitri Storoge
Ravenous (2017)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In a small, remote village in northern Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore - their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding in the woods, looking for others like them.

Director: Robin Aubert
Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilles Maheu Gilles Maheu ... Marcel
Roger Lebel ... Albert
Corrado Mastropasqua Corrado Mastropasqua ... Tony
Lorne Brass Lorne Brass ... George
Germain Houde ... Charlie
Jerry Snell Jerry Snell ... American
Lynne Adams ... Julie
Anna-Maria Giannotti Anna-Maria Giannotti ... Angelica
Nereo Lorenzi Nereo Lorenzi ... Pepe
Nicolas Clarizio Nicolas Clarizio ... Worker
Vincent Ierfino Vincent Ierfino ... Worker
Amulette Garneau ... Yvonne
Luc Proulx ... Cook
Jean-Pierre Saulnier ... Guard at entry
Jean Pierre Bergeron ... Guard at cell


Marcel, recently released from prison, attempt to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend Julie (now a prostitute) and especially his father Albert (who thinks he's been away on a long trip abroad), while being pursued by two corrupt cops (one of whom bears a longstanding grudge against him) for drug money he's alleged to possess... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Thriller


See all certifications »






Release Date:

16 June 1989 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Zoo See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Roger Lebel's final acting role. See more »


Featured in Lauzon Lauzone (2001) See more »


Valzer Persiglinda
Written and Performed by Andrea Piazza
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A disturbing, truthful, realistic view at some scary human dysfunction.
22 January 2003 | by raychenierSee all my reviews

In my opinions of course...

This film is to be appreciated by those with a bit of insight (or at least a desire to experience different things), an open mind, and sick of same old predictable script hollywood cr*p. If hollywood is your basis for comparison, Un Zoo la Nuit will either enrich your understanding of what movies should be, or show you that you should stick to with hollywood flicks. Not that hollywood doesn't put out good movies. It's just finding that one in a few hundred movies that winds up being a gem.

Un Zoo la Nuit is a depiction of deceit, drugs, and dysfunctional human relationships. The father/son relationship is classic, sad. Some scenes are extremely memorable (of course the prison rape scene isn't, but things like that do happen in that real world out there). This movie is not brain dead, it might make you think about your situation and of those around you... The son's emotions of love and compassion come through clearly with his father and you are forced to feel for that relationship. The relationship takes a surrealistic twist when it becomes clear no time is left to catch up. However, the son remains a crook and a murderer.

There are no good guys in this movie. Not the stuff of hollywood.

What hollywood did to the original versions of Nikita and The Vanishing, just as a couple of examples, should be enough to turn anyone off. When Pacino kills Deniro at the end of Heat, it's just plain wrong!!! :)

If you want something that is even more outside the box than Un Zoo la Nuit, check out the recent Maelstom with Croze. Keep an open mind with the fish... But again, a realistic and honest view at real humans.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed