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Soft Shell Man (2001)

Un crabe dans la tête (original title)
An emotionally immature underwater photographer returns home to an affair with his best friend's deaf girlfriend and unresolved issues with the wife he left six months before.

Director:

André Turpin

Writer:

André Turpin
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Credited cast:
David La Haye ... Alex
Isabelle Blais ... Marie
Emmanuel Bilodeau ... Samuel
Chantal Giroux Chantal Giroux ... Sara
Pascale Desrochers ... Audrey
Vincent Bilodeau ... Gallery director
Charles Turpin Charles Turpin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Ahmarani ... Bruni
Sylvain Bellemare ... Homme dans le champ
Thai-Hoa Le ... Jules
Sophie Prégent ... Simone
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An emotionally immature underwater photographer returns home to an affair with his best friend's deaf girlfriend and unresolved issues with the wife he left six months before.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 February 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Soft Shell Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Aylmer, Québec, Canada See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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A minor masterpiece
23 February 2002 | by SammyKSee all my reviews

Andre Turpin's "Un crabe dans la tete" is a vibrant, fresh and enigmatic film that proves once again that some of the best new films in Canada are coming out of the Quebec scene. Turpin's vision takes the visual playfulness of Denis Villineuve's "Maelstrom" one step further, while elminating some of the latter film's pretentions in the process. "Un crabe" is very free-form and incidental in structure, with its protagonist, Alex (David La Haye) playing a sort of existential Don Juan, who just cannot say "no" to anyone or any situation. While the tone is generally light and the pace is brisk, Turpin slips in a few serious, introspective moments that ground the film in reality. Amidst the sometimes fantastic picaresque journey, there are moments of devastating reality and repercussion.


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