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Le déserteur (2008)

It tells the story of Georges Guénette, a deserter from the Canadian Army during World War II, who was shot and killed by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


Simon Lavoie


Simon Lavoie (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Émile Proulx-Cloutier ... Georges Guénette
Raymond Cloutier ... Joseph Guénette
Danielle Proulx ... Léda Couture
Viviane Audet Viviane Audet ... Berthe Néron
Benoît Gouin ... Roger Vézina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxime Allard Maxime Allard ... Travailleur / Homme masqué #3
Pierre-Luc Bouvrette Pierre-Luc Bouvrette ... Constable Fernand Savard
Emmanuel Bédard Emmanuel Bédard ... Constable Victor Massicotte
Alain Bérard Alain Bérard ... Travailleur / Homme masqué #1
Nicolas Cavezzali Nicolas Cavezzali ... Frère de Hervé Plante, 11 ans
Lou Chabot Lou Chabot ... Soeur de Hervé Plante, 5 ans
Géraldine Charbonneau Géraldine Charbonneau ... Infirmière
Ludger Côté Ludger Côté ... Un voyageur
Sébastien Delorme ... Caporal Yves Dubé
Patrice Dussault ... Mathias Morin


It tells the story of Georges Guénette, a deserter from the Canadian Army during World War II, who was shot and killed by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Release Date:

24 October 2008 (Canada) See more »


Box Office


CAD2,900,000 (estimated)
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Film du Boulevard See more »
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Color (35 mm version)
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The real life parents of Émile Proulx-Clouthier play his parents in the movie. See more »

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At the opposite pole of the Quebec film industry
16 March 2015 | by oragexSee all my reviews

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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