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The Necessities of Life (2008)

Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (original title)
PG | | Drama | 30 June 2010 (Belgium)
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In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »

Director:

Benoit Pilon (as Benoît Pilon)

Writer:

Bernard Émond (screenwriter)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natar Ungalaaq ... Tiivii
Éveline Gélinas Éveline Gélinas ... Carole
Paul-André Brasseur Paul-André Brasseur ... Kaki (as Paul André Brasseur)
Louise Marleau ... Soeur Luce
Guy Thauvette ... Dr. Montpetit
Antoine Bertrand ... Roger
Vincent-Guillaume Otis ... Joseph
Denis Bernard ... Père Millaire
Luc Proulx ... L'horloger
Miali Buscemi Miali Buscemi ... Qupanuaq
Ann-Sophie Archer Ann-Sophie Archer ... Infirmière de jour
Alex Thériault Alex Thériault ... Patient jaloux (as Alexandre Thériault)
Frédérick Bouffard Frédérick Bouffard ... Patient agonisant
Caroline Tanguay Caroline Tanguay ... Infirmière de nuit
Jacques-Henri Gagnon Jacques-Henri Gagnon ... L'archevêque
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Storyline

In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to speak French and faced with a completely alien world, he becomes despondent. When he refuses to eat and expresses a wish to die, his nurse, Carole, comes to the realization that Tivii's illness is not the most serious threat to his well-being. She arranges to have a young orphan, Kaki, transferred to the institution. The boy is also sick, but has experience with both worlds and speaks both languages. By sharing his culture with Kaki and opening it up to others, Tivii rediscovers his pride and energy. Ultimately he also rediscovers hope through a plan to adopt Kaki, bring him home and make him part of his family. Written by blondmonkey5

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic materials and brief mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

Inuktitut | French | Latin | English

Release Date:

30 June 2010 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

The Necessities of Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,393
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cinematic
28 December 2014 | by peter-towneySee all my reviews

The scenery of the movie is the first thing that really captured me. By the time I'd decided I'd seen enough of that, the main story had come to life and it's both poignant and optimistic. Probably good for people who want to see how different cultures engage when they are forced to and how tensions develop and are sometimes resolved.

Relationships explored: The man and his wife and daughters; The man and the nurse; the man and the other patients; the orphan and the man; the Inuit and French Canadians.

This is similar to the story of "El Nido," available on eKindle, which looks at how different cultures interact.

It's interesting to see the way that the more educated French Canadians as well as the other French Canadians interact with people from another land.


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