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Le ring (2007)

A coming-of-age saga set in the slums of Montreal as a young boy comes to grips with the temptations of the street while hopelessly aspiring to become a professional wrestler.

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Maxime Desjardins-Tremblay ... Jessy Blais
... Sam Blais
... Kelly Blais
Jean-François Casabonne ... Jacques aka Killer
Suzanne Lemoine ... Maryse Blais
... Claude Blais
René-Daniel Dubois ... Le boss
Jason Roy-Léveillée ... Max
Benjamin Chouinard ... Momo
... Enseignante
Carl Leduc ... Animateur
Véronique Pascal ... La cassière
... L'arbitre
Phong Doan Huy ... Caissier (as Huy Phong Doan)
Patrick Boucher ... Dave
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A coming-of-age saga set in the slums of Montreal as a young boy comes to grips with the temptations of the street while hopelessly aspiring to become a professional wrestler.

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14 October 2007 (Canada)  »

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Yet another stunning film from Quebec which has had little or no release outside of Francophone Canada.
26 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Jessy, age 12, dreams of becoming a wrestler. Already, life is a daily fight; home is chaotic and his innocence is quickly disappearing. Reality hits hard in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, a poor area of Montreal, but it can't compete with the Friday night wrestling that gives Jessy the courage to escape his destiny. "Le Ring" tells the story of a little fighter determined to make his own way.

Maxime Desjardins-Tremblay effortlessly plays the lost soul Jessy in his acting debut; he is from the same neighbourhood where the story is set, perhaps giving him the ease before the camera one would expect from a veteran performer.

Tough, gritty, and sometimes difficult to watch, "Le Ring" takes the viewer deep into an alien world that is in reality only a few miles away… Much of the dialogue seems to be in Joual, the urban dialect of Montreal, which is also a rarity in film. (Think "Glasgow English")


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