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Mars et Avril (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, Mars & Avril is set in Montreal of the future, at the dawn of the first human landing on Mars, and tells the story of a musician who becomes obsessed with his muse.

Director:

Martin Villeneuve
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Languirand ... Jacob Obus
Caroline Dhavernas ... Avril
Paul Ahmarani ... Arthur
Robert Lepage ... Eugène Spaak - tête
Jean Asselin Jean Asselin ... Eugène Spaak - corps / Serveur automate
Stéphane Demers ... Bernard Brel
Jean Marchand ... Pneumatologue
Kathleen Fortin Kathleen Fortin ... Modèle d'Arthur
Marcel Sabourin ... Capucin
André Montmorency ... Pierrot
Gabriel Gascon Gabriel Gascon ... Arlequin
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais ... Marsonaute no. 1
Pierre Leblanc Pierre Leblanc ... Marsonaute no. 2
Richard Robitaille Richard Robitaille ... Marsonaute no. 3
Khanh Hua Khanh Hua ... Serveur automate
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Storyline

Montreal, the future. Elderly jazz musician Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) still draws in audiences with his mesmerizing performances, playing instruments based on female models, designed by his much younger pal Arthur (Paul Ahmarani). The latest model, intriguing artist Avril (Caroline Dhavernas), entices both Arthur and Jacob. In the resulting love triangle, the old musician is ultimately victorious and appears to be in love for the first time in his life. But then Avril is accidentally transported to Mars, where the first manned mission just happened to land. Enter Eugène Spaak (Robert Lepage), inventor, cosmologist and Arthur's father, who unveils a new theory about man's desire to reach Mars and helps Jacob find the true meaning of life and love. Written by Mars et Avril Inc.

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Not Rated
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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mars and April See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,250,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Asselin, the mime who performs Eugène Spaak's body, had to wear a green hood for the whole duration of the shoot. He also plays the robot waiter of the Liquid Pub and of The Greenhouse Effect nightclub, where you get to see his face. See more »

Quotes

Pneumatologue: Dreams are the gateway to all that is possible.
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Soundtracks

La renaissance
(2:17)
Composed by Benoît Charest
Courtesy of Simone Records (available on iTunes and in vinyl record)
Under license from EMA Films & Mars et Avril Inc.
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Beautiful film
7 December 2012 | by eliwilli2See all my reviews

I think this film is exquisite and intelligent. Perhaps not made for the ordinary moviegoer and maybe a little bit too long, but certainly brilliant in its context and perfect visually. One must pay attention to detail to appreciate the depth of this artwork. Costumes, make up and hair did a magnificent job creating a "futuristic" look. What does the future hold? How will we dress, what will we drink, what will we do? The music and sound effects are magnificent, the visual effects are extraordinary. Futuristic Montreal is quite beautiful. Art department created a warmth that is perfectly in sync with the slow drawn out feeling of this new universe. If our future it is anything like this film where beauty and thought, where love and passion seem to be the principal motivators, I am looking forward to it. To appreciate the film, one must also listen carefully to the discourse about music, the universe and time and about love and beauty. I believe this film should be watched more than once.


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