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Manners of Dying (2004)

Kevin Barlow will die on schedule and according to regulations. Harry Parlington, director of the Cantos execution facility, intends to make sure of it. However Barlow chooses to go, be it ... See full summary »


Jeremy Peter Allen


Jeremy Peter Allen (screenplay), Yann Martel (short story)
2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Roy Dupuis ... Kevin Barlow
Serge Houde ... Harry Parlington
Tony Robinow Tony Robinow ... Father Preston
Vlasta Vrana ... Doctor Lowe
Gregory Hlady ... The Cook
Kevin McCoy Kevin McCoy ... Robbie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yves Charbonney Yves Charbonney ... Prison Guard
Ron Devost Ron Devost ... Prison Guard
Burt Jardin Burt Jardin ... Prison Guard
John Maclaren ... Executioner
Alexandre Makombo Alexandre Makombo ... Prison Guard
Cheryl Rimmer Cheryl Rimmer ... Marsha
Ken Slade Ken Slade ... Executioner
Claude Vallières Claude Vallières ... Prison Guard
Christopher James Yarwood Christopher James Yarwood ... Medical Assistant
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Kevin Barlow will die on schedule and according to regulations. Harry Parlington, director of the Cantos execution facility, intends to make sure of it. However Barlow chooses to go, be it calmly or fighting violently to the end, Parlington feels confident that he and his team can deal with the situation. When Barlow makes a baffling and unusual final request, a strange duel ensues between the condemned man and the prison director. In this struggle there can be no winner or loser, only two men faced with doubts and difficult choices to make. The iron grip Parlington usually maintains on the execution procedure begins to slip as the final hours become a maze of manners of dying. Written by Jeremy Peter Allen

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Interesting concept
9 August 2005 | by jimmygregSee all my reviews

I saw this at the recent Brisbane International Film Festival and i was quite surprised that you could make a movie around the phrase "you are what you eat".

The movie tells the story of the last couple of hours of a man on death row and the warden tasked with executing him. The movie is a series of flashbacks as the warden constructs a letter to send to the man's mother. As he does so the audience is given several different versions of what could have happened. Each version begins with his last meal. Each time it is different and each time his reaction to his impending death is different.

Strong performances from both of the leads carry the movie which starts strong but after about 4 or 5 meals i began to lose interest generally and it was only these performances that kept me there. Good movie pity about the ending.

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Release Date:

31 October 2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Execution See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec City, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD1,070,000 (estimated)
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Productions Thalie See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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