While a world war rages, Philippe, a draft-dodger from Quebec, takes refuge in the American West, surviving by competing in Charlie Chaplin impersonation contests. As Philippe makes his ... See full summary »
-My name is Louis Depre. I am 28 years old. I live in a hole called Montreal (in Canada). I do not know what I like. I do not know who I like. I do not know what I want to do with my life. ... See full summary »
Vera and Zak meet while Vera sells her charms and the Zak makes small jobs to survive. Enthralled by an instant love, they settle down in a decrepit house where Yanna, their daughter whom they raise in a spirit of freedom, is soon born.
In a small, remote village in northern Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore - their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding in the woods, looking for others like them.
A recent widow living in a small Quebec town goes to Montreal to visit her busy adult son and daughter, and then on a whim decides to travel to the town of her childhood, where she hadn't set foot in decades.
In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan (Lise Leplat Prudhomme) leads the army of the King ... See full summary »
Lise Leplat Prudhomme,
This is a story about a common man who has extraordinary events in his mundane life. The film depicts the protagonist's turns of events in three eras, three seasons, three nights, in the same city, as told with reverse chronology.
Willy and Marlena. She is the girlfriend of a cartel leader in Mexico, he is in love with the boss's wife. Fearing the worst, the lovers will flee on their own to survive better. Willy ... See full summary »
Jorge Antonio Guerrero,
This film shows authentic talent. Because I feel Quebec has a potential that is not used in most productions, I will evaluate this movie in comparison with the typical awarded Quebec movie. I won't comment on the subject of the movie.
What we find in The Deserter is, firstly, the photography. It is just great, near the higher standards in films. With such photography and camera, the producers could easily made movies on pair with the most successful Hollywood productions. I'm saying this because it always feels Quebec films cannot be on pair visually with the American productions.
The other major achievement of the Deserter, is the acting and implicitly, the directing. The director Simon Lavoie has achieved what most other Quebec directors simply can't. He helped the actors act in a true way, making abstraction of the cameras, without hesitation, with lots of character authenticity, and with much ease and integration on the filming set. All this elements are simply poorly achieved in most Quebec productions. And I believe the reason is hiding behind the quality of the directing, and perhaps of the producing.
This film can be used as a benchmark. The benchmark to be used when arguing that the Quebec film industry is under the control of a few low quality directors and producers, that simply stay in the way of expressing the potential of creativity and of acting in Quebec.
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