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Love & Human Remains (1993)

R | | Drama, Comedy | 23 June 1995 (USA)
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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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:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Gross USA:

$953,755
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Both the play and film are set in Edmonton, Alberta and there are several allusions to it in the film. As in David's remark, "Let's order a Rosebowl pizza and discuss your sexual crises" (Rose Bowl Pizza is a well-known restaurant and bar in Edmonton). In another scene, the TV news reporter signs off from "CFR-" and gets cut off by the TV remote control before she can say "-N," the final call letter of Edmonton's CTV affiliate station. See more »

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Candy: Excuse me. I have to go try on everything I own.
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Originally rated "NC-17", some sex was trimmed to be re-rated "R". See more »

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Unique Film Transcends "Gay" or "Straight"
28 September 1999 | by BishonenSee all my reviews

Yes, this film has many gay characters. It also has straight characters, characters who are not sure about their sexuality, people who are searching for some truth about their existence.

This is not a film about sexual orientation. It's about loneliness and the difficulty human beings often experience in connecting to one another. Filmically, Denys Arcand cleverly balances the various dimensions of the relationships and the contrasting, constantly shifting relationships. The serial killer element is a bit less successful (it feels more like a way to wrap up various plot points and, unlike the rest of the film, is thematically heavy-handed).

Thomas Gibson centers and grounds the film; it's a quiet performance but behind the handsome, arrogant exterior he slowly reveals a terrified soul afraid of showing or accepting love from those around him. The supporting cast is strong, especially Mia Kirshner as Gibson's friend, a dom-for-hire with precognitive powers. Her role is more metaphor than a literal conceit---strangely innocent and depraved at the same time, she represents the light and dark of the characters' sexual consciousness.

The film's involving and often surprises in its character development. The effect is somewhat like Robert Altman directing a David Mamet script---the dialogue doesn't shrink from some searing observations aside from a few contrived moments in the beginning. Often, in our search for love and a conventional "relationship", we ignore the love that already exists around us---in our friends, family, those who are able to see us as we are. Arcand and the writer, Brad Fraser, make some canny observations on the different ways human beings try to escape and deny their loneliness and how that denial returns to haunt us in so many unexpected ways.

This film is a rewarding experience. It may not be for bigots who can't get past the sexual orientation of some of the characters to see the greater, transcendental message of hope and redemption. Loneliness is a universal experience. A film like this, that dares to explore the darker side of our lives with a clever and perceptive eye, deserves applause and an open-minded approach.


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