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Love & Human Remains (1993)

Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on ... See full summary »

Director:

Denys Arcand

Writers:

Brad Fraser (play), Brad Fraser (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Gibson ... David
Ruth Marshall ... Candy
Cameron Bancroft ... Bernie
Mia Kirshner ... Benita
Joanne Vannicola ... Jerri
Matthew Ferguson ... Kane
Rick Roberts ... Robert
Aidan Devine ... Sal (as Aidan Devin)
Robert Higden ... The Editor
Sylvain Morin Sylvain Morin ... The Drag Queen
Ben Watt Ben Watt ... The Native Boy
Karen Young Karen Young ... The Singer
Serge Houde ... The Cowboy
Alex Wylding Alex Wylding ... The First Victim
Polly Shannon ... The Second Victim
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Storyline

Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on roommates David, a gay waiter who has has given up on his acting career, and Candy, a book reviewer who is also David's ex-lover. David and Candy's lives are entangled with those of David's friends (a busboy, a psychic dominatrix, and a misogynistic civil-servant) and Candy's dates (a male bartender and a lesbian schoolteacher). Meanwhile, a serial killer menaces the concrete and asphalt neighbourhood in which David and Candy live. Written by Michael Stewart

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Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdadera naturaleza del amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$953,755
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the play entitled "unidentified human remains and the true nature of love" See more »

Quotes

David: I can't picture you as a dyke.
Candy: PLEASE... I'd be a lesbian!
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated "NC-17", some sex was trimmed to be re-rated "R". See more »

Connections

Features One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Can't Help Falling In Love
Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss
Performed by Karen Young
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A strangely endearing comedy about sex and serial killers
9 March 1999 | by jimmygSee all my reviews

This is a lovely film. I always tell my friends that this is a gentle sex farce. It's not. I keep on forgetting that Love and Human Remains is a brooding, dark movie, full of smart lines, a great looking cast and a lot of intriguing ideas. There's also one of the more spurious serial killer plots of all time. Frankly, there's really only one suspect, and the whole serial-killing as metaphor for moral despair/AIDS is both trite and already dated. So frankly, forget the serial killer aspect of the plot. Watch this film instead for the great way it develops characters - the endearingly heartless gay waiter who's so bored he prefers waiting tables to acting. and the book reviewer who doesn't like leaving her room. There are some lovely scenes, and some cracking lines of quotable dialogue ("Hi Honey, I'm homo!") that make the film a lot more memorable and endearing than it appears. It does Canada no favours though.


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